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Full Name: Jack Eugene Jensen Primary Position: OF,RF
Height/Weight: 5' 11"/190 First Game: April 18, 1950
Birthdate: March 9, 1927 Final Game: October 1, 1961
Birthplace: San Francisco, California MLB Experience: 11 years
Died: July 14, 1982
Deathplace: Charlottesville, Virginia
Bat/Throw: Right/Right


Biography

Jack Eugene (Jackie) Jensen (March 9, 1927July 14, 1982) was a right fielder in Major League Baseball. From 1950 through 1961, Jensen played for the New York Yankees (1950–52), Washington Senators (1952–53) and Boston Red Sox (1954–59, 1961). He batted and threw right handed. A native of San Francisco, California, he had previously been a collegiate star in both baseball and football. Jensen is one of only two men to have played in both the Rose Bowl and the World Series (the other being Chuck Essegian).

Career

An All-American halfback as a junior at the University of California (1948), Jensen scored a touchdown in the team's 20-14 loss to Northwestern in the 1949 Rose Bowl. He was also an All-American pitcher, helping California win the inaugural College World Series in 1947, defeating a Yale team featuring future President George Bush in the final.

In 1950 Jensen left college after his junior year to play in the majors with the Yankees as a backup for Joe DiMaggio. He was sent to the Senators during the 1952 season, and was traded to the Red Sox in 1954.

Making the American League All-Star squad three times and winning a Gold Glove Award at right field, Jensen earned the MVP honors in 1958, when he batted.286, with 35 home runs and a league-leading 116 RBI. He also led the league in RBI in 1955 (116) and 1959 (112); in triples in 1956 (11), and in stolen bases in 1954 (22).

Jensen announced his retirement from baseball in 1960, primarily because of an intense fear of flying. As teams had increasingly turned to air travel in the 1950s, he had unsuccessfully sought to combat this aversion, aided considerably by Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey, who arranged for therapy treatments. Once baseball expanded to the West Coast in 1958, and with further league expansion and constant air travel foreseen, these difficulties became virtually insurmountable. Jensen returned to play in 1961, but frustrated by a sub-par season, he retired again for good.

In an 11-season career, Jensen was a .279 hitter with 199 home runs and 929 RBI in 1438 games. He also collected 810 runs, 1463 hits,259 doubles, 45 triples, 143 stolen bases, and a .369 on base percentage. A disciplined hitter, he posted a solid 1.374 walk-to-strikeout ratio (750-to-546).

Following his retirement, Jensen coached baseball at California and the University of Nevada, and also managed in the minor leagues .

Jackie Jensen died in Charlottesville, Virginia at age of 55. He was selected to the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2000.


Facts

  • 3-time All-Star (1952, 1955, 1958)
  • MVP (1958)
  • Twice top 10 MVP (1955, 1959)
  • Gold Glove (1959)
  • 3-time led league in RBI (1955, 1958–59)
  • Led league in stolen bases (1954)
  • Led league in triples (1956)
  • 5-time Top Five in extra-bases hits (1954–55, 1957–59)

Career Highlights

  • All-Star Games: 1952, 1955, 1958
  • 1958 American League MVP
  • League Leader:
    • Triples in 1956 (11)
    • RBIs in 1955, 1958 & 1959 (116, 122, 112)
    • Stolen Bases in 1954 (22)
    • Sac Flies in 1954-55, '59 (11, 12, 12)

Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1950 NY A 45 70 13 12 1 5 .171 .247 .300 2 2 7 8 0 1 4 0 3
1951 NY A 56 168 30 50 8 25 .298 .369 .500 8 1 18 18 1 1 8 0 1
1952 WAS A 144 570 80 163 10 80 .286 .360 .407 29 5 63 40 3 5 17 0 15
1952 NY A 7 19 3 2 0 2 .105 .261 .263 1 1 4 4 0 0 1 0 1
1952 TOT A 151 589 83 165 10 82 .280 .357 .402 30 6 67 44 3 5 18 0 16
1953 WAS A 147 552 87 147 10 84 .266 .357 .408 32 8 73 51 5 1 18 0 19
1954 BOS A 152 580 92 160 25 117 .276 .359 .472 25 7 79 52 2 1 22 0 32
1955 BOS A 152 574 95 158 26 116 .275 .369 .479 27 6 89 63 3 3 16 8 20
1956 BOS A 151 578 80 182 20 97 .315 .405 .497 23 11 89 43 1 1 11 5 23
1957 BOS A 145 544 82 153 23 103 .281 .367 .469 29 2 75 66 2 1 8 3 22
1958 BOS A 154 548 83 157 35 122 .286 .396 .535 31 0 99 65 3 1 9 7 13
1959 BOS A 148 535 101 148 28 112 .277 .372 .492 31 0 88 67 0 1 20 3 20
1961 BOS A 137 498 64 131 13 66 .263 .350 .392 21 2 66 69 3 2 9 2 16
Total 1438 5236 810 1463 199 929 .279 .369 .460 259 45 750 546 23 18 143 28 185

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1950 NY A OF 23 0 0 36 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .947
1951 NY A OF 48 0 0 106 6 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 .974
1952 WAS A OF 143 0 0 283 17 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 .977
1952 NY A OF 5 0 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1952 TOT A CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1952 TOT A OF 148 0 0 291 17 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 .978
1953 WAS A OF 146 0 0 274 9 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 .983
1954 BOS A OF 151 0 0 331 12 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 .986
1955 BOS A OF 150 0 0 281 11 7 3 0 0 0 0 0 .977
1956 BOS A OF 151 0 0 291 13 12 2 0 0 0 0 0 .962
1957 BOS A LF 7 1 34 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1957 BOS A OF 144 143 1276.2 251 16 11 4 0 0 0 0 0 .960
1957 BOS A RF 142 142 1242.2 247 15 10 4 0 0 0 0 0 .963
1958 BOS A LF 2 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1958 BOS A OF 153 153 1354.1 293 14 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 .981
1958 BOS A RF 153 153 1352.1 281 14 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 .980
1959 BOS A CF 7 7 56.1 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
1959 BOS A OF 146 146 1288.2 311 12 6 4 0 0 0 0 0 .982
1959 BOS A RF 142 139 1232.1 288 12 6 4 0 0 0 0 0 .980
1961 BOS A RF 129 129 1147.1 271 12 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 .990
1961 BOS A LF 2 2 17 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .833
1961 BOS A OF 131 131 1164.1 274 14 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 .986
Total LF 11 3 53 11 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .923
Total OF 1391 573 5084 2739 124 68 20 0 0 0 0 0 .977
Total CF 7 7 56.1 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
Total RF 566 563 4974.2 1087 53 25 13 0 0 0 0 0 .979

Transactions

  • Sold by Oakland (PCL) to New York Yankees with Billy Martin (October 13, 1949).
  • Traded by New York Yankees with Spec Shea, Jerry Snyder and Archie Wilson to Washington Senators in exchange for Irv Noren and Tom Upton (May 3, 1952).
  • Traded by Washington Senators to Boston Red Sox in exchange for Mickey McDermott and Tom Umphlett (December 9, 1953).

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