Jacob Fields Wade
Nickname: Whistling Jack
Born: April 1, 1912 in Morehead City, N.C.
Died: Feb. 1, 2006 in Wildwood, N.C.
Debut: 1936 | Pos: P
H: 6'2" | W: 175 | B: L | T: L
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Jake Wade, a pitcher who won 27 games in the 1930s and
1940s, died at his home
in Wildwood, N.C., on Feb. 1, 2006. He was 93.
His career numbers include a 27-40 record, three saves
and 291 strikeouts in
668.1 innings pitched. His career included stints with Detroit (1936-1938),
Boston AL (1939), St. Louis AL (1939), Chicago AL (1942-1944), New York AL
(1946) and Washington (1946).
One of his most productive seasons came in 1937 when he
was 7-10 with a 5.39
ERA for the Detroit Tigers. He pitched in 165.1 innings that season.
In December 1938, the Tigers traded Wade, along with
Elden Aucker and Chet
Morgan, to Boston for Pinky Higgins and Archie McKain. In December 1944, the
White Sox traded him to the Yankees for Johnny Johnson. In December 1947, he
was traded by the Giants, along with Mike Budnick, Jack Graham and cash, to San
Diego for Jack Harshman.
In 1945, he served in the military during World War II.
His younger brother, Ben Wade, was also a pitcher in the major leagues.
Following his career in baseball, he worked as an
electronics repair technician
at Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station until his retirement in 1976.