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Hal Jeffcoat was a standout performer for Shelby of the Tri-State league in 1946 after returning to civilian life after serving in the US Military during World War II. In 1947 he had a robust batting record with NAshville of the Southern Association, hitting .346 with 218 hits and 118 RBIs. As a rookie with the Chicago Cubs in 1948 he hit a respectable .279 in 134 games.
Hal Jeffcoat was one of the most exciting centerfielders in the early 1950s. He made diving-running catches, crashed into the walls and was a delight in Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs. He appeared to be flying after the balls with his never-ending hustling. Jeffcoat batted near .250 in his career and won many games with his bat. Hal Jeffcoat served in the U. S. Military during the war and after he was injured playing baseball in 1950 he stated, "I was in combat 2 1/2 years as a paratrooper. I made 13 jumps out of an airplane and never got a scratch. Now I get busted up for two months chasing a little white ball!" On May 2, 1948, he tied a major league record by hitting two doubles in one inning. In 1954, he converted to pitcher, and was better than the average reliever in this decade. His son, James, was a major league pitcher in the 1980s and his older brother, Mike, pitched in the NL.