Some historians link the derivation of the
baseball term "flake" to this nail-biting
outfielder, since a teammate once commented that "things seem to flake off his mind
and disappear." Brandt split his outstanding rookie season with the Cards and Giants,
hitting a career-high .298 while leading the NL in fielding (.990). 1958 was spent
in the military. He won a Gold Glove for his play in left field with San Francisco
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»May 27, 1956: Thanks to a dropped 3rd strike by C Hobie Landrith, P Jim Davis of the Cubs fans four straight Cardinals in the 6th inning. Wally Moon leads off the inning with a double and then steals 3B. The knuckler then K's Hal Smith and Jackie Brandt. His 3rd strike on Lindy McDaniel eludes Landrith, and the pitcher reaches first while Moon scores. Don Blasingame then strikes out for the 4th strikeout in the inning. Not since Guy Morton, in 1916, has a pitcher fanned four in one inning. But the Cubs still lose, 11–9. The Cards pummel the Cubs in the 2nd game as well, winning 12–2.
»April 10, 1959:
In St. Louis, the Cards lose their opener 6–5 to the Giants. Jackie Brandt drives home the winner in the 9th for SF.