Jackie Jensen Stats

Jackie Jensen was born on Wednesday, March 9, 1927, in San Francisco, California. Jensen was 23 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 18, 1950, with the New York Yankees. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Jackie Jensen baseball stats page.

"There is no question I was looking for an excuse to leave the ball club and I know the fear was related to the insecurity of my first marriage. I wanted to go home, but I loved baseball. I got terribly down on myself. I could think about it rationally, ask myself why I couldn't beat this thing. 'You don't have to like flying,' I'd say to myself. 'A lot of people don't but they still fly.' But when the time came, I just couldn't make myself do it. I was using Arthur (Ellen, a Las Vegans nightclub hypnotist) as a crutch. He's no miracle worker, but he could help me relax. Still, he couldn't make me more than I was. I came to resent myself for behaving in such an infantile way. I know I had another four years that I could've played. The way I was driving in runs, I could have set some records. My only regret is that now I can't hope to be considered for the Hall of Fame ." - Jackie Jensen in Sports Illustrated (Ron Fimrite, 04/12/1976, A Fear of Flying , Source )
Jackie Jensen

Jackie Jensen Autograph on a 1957 Topps Baseball Card (#220 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1957top01' title='1957 Topps Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)
Jackie Jensen Autograph on a 1957 Topps Baseball Card (#220 | Checklist )

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Birth Name:
Jack Eugene Jensen
Nickname:
Jackie
Born On:
03-09-1927  (Pisces)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
San Francisco, California
Year of Death Data Died On:
07-14-1982 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Charlottesville, Virginia
Cemetery:
Amherst Cemetery, Amherst, Virginia
High School:
Oakland High School (Oakland, CA)
College:
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
5-11
Player Weight Chart Weight:
190
First Game:
04-18-1950 (Age 23)
Last Game:
10-01-1961
Draft:
Not Applicable / Signing Bonus = $75,000
Jackie Jensen

Jackie Jensen Pitching Stats

G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
- - Did Not Pitch - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
Jackie Jensen

Jackie Jensen Hitting Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
1950 23 Yankees 45 70 13 12 2 2 1 0 5 7 0 8 1 - 0 3 .171 .247 .300
1951 24 Yankees 56 168 30 50 8 1 8 0 25 18 1 18 1 - 1 1 .298 .369 .500
1952 25 Yankees 7 19 3 2 1 1 0 0 2 4 1 4 0 - 0 1 .105 .261 .263
1952 25 Senators 144 570 80 163 29 5 10 1 80 63 4 40 5 - 3 15 .286 .360 .407
1953 26 Senators 147 552 87 147 32 8 10 0 84 73 2 51 1 - 5 19 .266 .357 .408
1954 27 Red Sox 152 580 92 160 25 7 25 1 117 79 4 52 1 11 2 32 .276 .359 .472
1955 28 Red Sox 152 574 95 158 27 6 26 2 116 89 8 63 3 12 3 20 .275 .369 .479
1956 29 Red Sox 151 578 80 182 23 11 20 0 97 89 5 43 1 4 1 23 .315 .405 .497
1957 30 Red Sox 145 544 82 153 29 2 23 1 103 75 3 66 1 5 2 22 .281 .367 .469
1958 31 Red Sox 154 548 83 157 31 0 35 2 122 99 7 65 1 4 3 13 .286 .396 .535
1959 32 Red Sox 148 535 101 148 31 0 28 1 112 88 3 67 1 12 0 20 .277 .372 .492
1961 34 Red Sox 137 498 64 131 21 2 13 0 66 66 2 69 2 4 3 16 .263 .350 .392
G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
11 Years 1,438 5,236 810 1,463 259 45 199 8 929 750 40 546 18 52 23 185 .279 .369 .460
Jackie Jensen

Jackie Jensen Fielding Stats

POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
1950 Yankees LF 17 9 297 26 1.5 26 26 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.36
1950 Yankees RF 7 4 129 12 1.7 10 10 0 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .833 2.09
1951 Yankees CF 29 25 666 76 2.6 73 68 5 3 1 n/a n/a n/a .961 2.96
1951 Yankees LF 18 15 417 40 2.2 40 39 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.59
1951 Yankees RF 2 1 27 4 2.0 4 4 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 4.00
1952 Senators CF 9 6 156 14 1.6 14 14 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.42
1952 Yankees CF 5 5 132 9 1.8 9 9 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.84
1952 Senators RF 140 137 396 292 2.1 285 268 17 7 1 n/a n/a n/a .976 19.43
1953 Senators CF 1 1 27 1 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.00
1953 Senators RF 145 145 381 284 2.0 279 271 8 5 0 n/a n/a n/a .982 19.77
1954 Red Sox CF 107 99 2,715 260 2.4 256 246 10 4 0 n/a n/a n/a .985 2.55
1954 Red Sox LF 8 8 225 26 3.3 26 25 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.12
1954 Red Sox RF 44 42 1,062 62 1.4 61 60 1 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .984 1.55
1955 Red Sox RF 150 149 39 294 2.0 287 276 11 7 3 n/a n/a n/a .976 198.69
1956 Red Sox RF 151 150 447 313 2.1 301 288 13 12 2 n/a n/a n/a .962 18.18
1957 Red Sox LF 7 1 102 5 0.7 5 5 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.32
1957 Red Sox RF 142 142 408 273 1.9 263 248 15 10 4 n/a n/a n/a .963 17.40
1958 Red Sox LF 2 0 6 2 1.0 2 2 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 9.00
1958 Red Sox RF 153 153 447 301 2.0 295 281 14 6 3 n/a n/a n/a .980 17.82
1959 Red Sox CF 7 7 168 14 2.0 14 14 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.25
1959 Red Sox RF 142 139 3,696 308 2.2 302 290 12 6 4 n/a n/a n/a .981 2.21
1961 Red Sox LF 2 2 51 6 3.0 5 4 1 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .833 2.65
1961 Red Sox RF 129 129 3,441 286 2.2 283 271 12 3 2 n/a n/a n/a .990 2.22
POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
RF Totals 1,205 1,191 10,473 2,429 2.0 2,370 2,267 103 59 19 n/a n/a n/a .976 6.11
CF Totals 158 143 3,864 374 2.4 367 352 15 7 1 n/a n/a n/a .981 2.56
LF Totals 54 35 1,098 105 1.9 104 101 3 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .990 2.56
11 Years 1,417 1,369 15,435 2,908 2.1 2,841 2,720 121 67 20 n/a n/a n/a .977 4.97
Jackie Jensen

Jackie Jensen Miscellaneous Stats

SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
1950 Yankees 4 0 1.000 10 15 n/a 70.0 8.8 14.0 - - -
1951 Yankees 8 2 .800 9 2 n/a 21.0 9.3 6.7 - - -
1952 Yankees 1 0 1.000 2 0 n/a 0.0 4.8 9.5 - - -
1952 Senators 17 6 .739 1 0 n/a 57.0 14.3 7.1 - - -
1953 Senators 18 8 .692 1 0 n/a 55.2 10.8 6.6 - - -
1954 Red Sox 22 7 .759 1 0 n/a 23.2 11.2 5.0 - - -
1955 Red Sox 16 7 .696 2 0 n/a 22.1 9.1 4.9 - - -
1956 Red Sox 11 3 .786 0 0 n/a 28.9 13.4 6.0 - - -
1957 Red Sox 8 5 .615 1 0 n/a 23.7 8.2 5.3 - - -
1958 Red Sox 9 4 .692 1 0 n/a 15.7 8.4 4.5 - - -
1959 Red Sox 20 5 .800 2 0 n/a 19.1 8.0 4.8 - - -
1961 Red Sox 9 8 .529 6 0 n/a 38.3 7.2 7.5 - - -
SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
11 Years 143 55 .722 36 17 n/a 26.3 9.6 5.6 - - -
Jackie Jensen

Jackie Jensen Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1950 New York Yankees 40 Undetermined - Stats
1951 New York Yankees 40 , 27 Undetermined - -
1952 New York Yankees 25 Undetermined Stats -
1952 Washington Senators 8 Undetermined Stats -
1953 Washington Senators 4 Undetermined - -
1954 Boston Red Sox 30 Undetermined - -
1955 Boston Red Sox 4 Undetermined Stats -
1956 Boston Red Sox 4 Undetermined - -
1957 Boston Red Sox 4 Undetermined - -
1958 Boston Red Sox 4 Undetermined Stats -
1959 Boston Red Sox 4 $38,000.00 - -
1961 Boston Red Sox 4 $40,000.00 - -


Did you know that Jackie Jensen is the only athlete to ever play in the Rose Bowl, a World Series, and an All-Star Game? Not counting the latter two, the closest player to match this feat was Chuck Essegian , who played in the Rose Bowl and a World Series.

Norman Rockwell, The Rookie, Saturday Evening Post
Norman Rockwell, The Rookie, Saturday Evening Post
Frank Sullivan , Sammy White , and Jackie Jensen were told on an off-day to drive to Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Frank recalled, "When we got there we were greeted warmly by a small, slim man, whose name meant nothing to me. He posed us and took a number of pictures, explaining that the background would be the locker room we used in Sarasota, Florida, for Spring Training. I remember ragging on Jackie Jensen on the way back, saying the trip was all his idea, and the photographer didn't seem to know what he was doing. The following March, I pick up The Saturday Evening Post (pictured above), and there we were on the cover. The man was an illustrator, not a photographer, and if you look closely, you'll see we are wearing street shoes, not spikes. The cover was titled The Rookie and the man's name turned out to be Norman Rockwell." The rookie was actually Sherman Safford, a high school athlete from Pittsfield, Massachusetts, who was asked to model for the painting which was based on Mickey McDermott making the Red Sox roster back during the spring of 1948.

Jackie Jensen had a World Series ring ( 1950 ), a stolen base title ( 1954 ), was a three-time RBI Champion (1955, 1958, 1959), who was also voted the Most Valuable Player in the entire American League (1958), as well as a Gold Glove (1959), but his baseball career ended prematurely due in part to an intense fear of flying.
Jackie Jensen, Fear of Flying Newspaper Article
Jackie Jensen Fear of Flying | Fairbanks Daily News-Miner | August 26, 1961

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