American baseball playerDied when: 57 years 39 days (685 months)
Star Sign: Cancer
Robert Hayes Veach (June 29, 1888 – August 7, 1945) was an American baseball player from 1910 to 1930 including 14 seasons in the major leagues.He was the starting left fielder for the Detroit Tigers from 1912 to 1923 and also played for the Boston Red Sox (1924–1925), New York Yankees (1925) and Washington Senators (1925).
Veach hit for both power and average.He compiled a .310 career batting average and finished second to Ty Cobb for the 1919 American League batting title with a .355 average.
He also led the American League in runs batted in (RBIs) three times (1915, 1917, and 1918) and was among the league leaders 10 times.
Nobody in baseball had as many RBIs or extra base hits as Veach from 1915 to 1922.He is also the only player born in the state of Kentucky to have collected 2,000 hits and 1,000 RBIs.
Veach was also among the best defensive outfielders of his era, regularly ranking among the league leaders in putouts, range factor, and fielding percentage.
Despite being one of the most productive hitters in baseball during his years in Detroit, Veach played in the shadows of three Detroit outfielders who won 16 batting titles and were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame: Cobb in center field and Sam Crawford followed by Harry Heilmann in right field.
Detroit's 1915 outfield consisting of Veach, Cobb, and Crawford has been ranked by baseball historian and statistician Bill James as the greatest outfield in history.