Born in Fort William, Ontario, Jeff Heath moved with his family to Victoria, B.C., when he was a year old. Heath would blossom into a top power-hitting prospect and was signed by the Cleveland Indians. His .383 batting average and 187 RBIs with the Tribe’s minor league affiliate in Zanesville in 1936 reinforced his blue chip status and earned the young Canuck a big league promotion that September.
In his major league debut on September 13, 1936, Heath was upstaged by future roommate, Bob Feller, who would strike out 17 batters that same game. The 1938 season was Heath’s breakout campaign. That year, he finished second in the American League batting race (.343) and recorded 21 homers, 112 RBIs and a league-leading 18 triples.
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