Infielder - Right-handed - St Louis Cardinals 1939-1941; Boston Red Sox 1943-1945; Detroit Tigers 1946-1950
An excellent all-around athlete, Eddie 'Sparky' Lake broke into the majors at age 23 with the Cardinals in September of 1939. An aggressive defensive player with a power-throwing arm, he was used as an utility infielder by Cardinals manager Billy Southworth in 1940 and '41 before being traded to the Red Sox. In 1943 with the Boston Red Sox, the 5-ft, 7-inch,159-pounder batted .199 with 10 doubles in 75 games, however with more experience under his belt by 1945 he developed into one of the leading shortstops in the American League.
In 1945 Lake hit a solid .279, lined 27 doubles, 11 homers, scored 81 runs and led the league with a .412 on-base-percentage - walking 106 times while striking out just 39 times in 133 games - and led all AL shortstops in assists with 459 and in double plays with 112. Traded to the Detroit Tigers prior to the '46 season, Lake led the league in games played with 155 in '46 and with 158 in '47. In 1946, Lake batted .254, hit 24 doubles, 8 home runs, drew 103 walks, struck out 69 times and scored a career-high 103 runs. During spring training in '47, Tiger manager Steve O'Neill said, 'Lake's the guy we're counting on to help us win this season. We're hoping his aggressive style-of-play can ignite the fire for us.' baseballhistorian.com -The Keeper of Baseball History