Forrest V. "Spook" Jacobs - Player
Inducted in 1997
Born in Cheswold, Delaware, Forrest "Spook" Jacobs enlisted in the U.S. Army after graduation from Salem High School in New Jersey in 1943, and served in the Pacific during World War II. After his discharge, he played professional baseball for 17 years including three years in the majors as a second baseman for the Philadelphia/Kansas City Athletics, and Pittsburgh Pirates. At 5 feet 9 inches, he was one of the smallest players in the league at that time. On April 13, 1954, in his major league debut with the Athletics, he became the first player in major league history to collect four consecutive hits in his first four major league at bats. He gained his nickname by frequently dumping hits just over the heads of opposing infielders. He was inducted into the Eastern Shore Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997. He died on February 18. 2011 in Milford, Delaware at the age of 85.