Heath twice led the AL in triples, and averaged 18 HR and over 81 RBI in ten seasons
as a regular. He hit a career-high .343 in 1938, his first year as Cleveland's everyday
left fielder. In Bob Feller's 1940 Opening Day no-hitter, Heath scored the game's
only run. In 1947 with the Browns he hit career highs of 27 HR and 87 RBI. Bought
by the 1948 pennant-bound Boston Braves, Heath responded with a .319 average and
20 HR, but in the final week of the season, he broke his leg sliding and missed the
WS against the Indians. Heath remains among Cleveland's top ten in triples, HR, and
»August 28, 1939:
Cleveland OF Jeff Heath punches a taunting fan leaning over the railing, but the umpires miss the incident and he goes unpunished.
»August 26, 1948: The Cubs sweep two from the Braves, 5–1 and 5–2, despite a near-riot that holds up play for 20 minutes in the nitecap. The reaction by the fans comes when Jocko Conlan rules that a drive by Phil Cavarretta in the 3rd inning is a ground-rule double, not an inside the park homer. Conlan makes his call after Braves LF Jeff Heath "loses" the ball in the Wrigley vines, though it is really by his feet. The fans shower the field in protest and Conlan bawls out some of Chicago's finest for not taking any action. When play is resumed, Andy Pafko walks and Peanut Lowrey's hits a bases-loaded triple.
»September 23, 1948:
The Braves clinch the NL flag by defeating
the Giants 3-2. They will finish 612
games ahead of the Dodgers. Two days before the season
is over the Braves will lose their best hitter, OF
Jeff Heath, who breaks an ankle sliding home against