Taken from a previous story I wrote about Wheat:
Zach Wheat currently hold the Dodger franchise record for games played, at-bats, hits, doubles, triples, and total bases. He is second behind Duke Snider in RBI's. His defense, though, was what he was really known for.Wheat certainly wasn't PC. Of course, he had no idea what PC was anyway. Heck, they didn't know the health concerns that comes from tobacco."What Lajoie was to infielders, Zach Wheat is to outfielders, the finest mechanical craftsman of them all," Baseball Magazine crowed in 1917. "Wheat is the easiest, most graceful of outfielders with no close rivals."Check out SABR's great biography written by Eric Enders. The best line in Eric's story is the last one.Shortly before his death he was asked if he had any advice for youngsters with ballplaying aspirations. "Yes," he said. "Tell them to learn to chew tobacco."