Thursday, July 19, 2012
On this day in 1906, Minter "Jackie" Hayes was born.
On December 4, 1931, Jackie, along with Carl Reynolds and John Kerr were traded from the Washington Senators for Sad Sam Jones and Bump Hadley. Immediately, Hayes became one part of a wonderful double play combo with Hall of Fame player Luke Appling. One time Washington teammate Joe Cronin said the Jackie was "the best double play artist in the league."
Jackie hung around playing mostly the middle infield for the White Sox until 1940. By his last season, Hayes had become a backup to regular second baseman Skeeter Webb, due to a piece of cinder hitting him in the eyes causing him to lose sight in one eye. He would later lose sight in both eyes. On the ninth anniversary of his trade to the White Sox, the team released him.