The Syracuse Chiefs have learned that former outfielder Lamar “Jake” Jacobs passed away last week at the age of 73 in Palmetto, Florida.

The former Ohio University standout was a “bonus baby” with the Washington Senators in 1959 and spent part of the 1961 season in Syracuse.  With the Chiefs he appeared in 70 games and batted .291 with 16 RBI.  He was traded in July that season to Indianapolis with infielder Chet Boak for outfielder Sandy Valdespino.

Jacobs spent the 1962 season with Vancouver in the PCL and batted .251 and hit .253 in 1963 at Charlotte in the South Atlantic League before retiring.  He appeared in eight major league games with the Senators in 1960 and the Minnesota Twins in 1962.

After retirement he spent the next 25 years as an insurance salesmen for Ohio National Life, where he attained numerous awards and was a repeated member of the Million Dollar Round Table.

Jacobs frequently drove around in his classic 1960 Thunderbird passing out his “T-Bird Testimonies” which spoke of his career as a professional baseball player and more importantly, his faith.  Over the years he passed out over 6,000 copies and can be found online at

While in Syracuse, Jacobs recorded a song titled “Hey Little Ducky” that was played on WNDR, WHEN and WFBL.


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