Jake Volz was the son of Prussian emigrants Michael Volz and Margaret Hemes.
He was a professional baseball pitcher. His debut in the minor leagues was in 1898 for the local San Antonio Missionaries. He would play for many minor league teams such as Austin Senators, Portsmouth Browns, St. Paul Saints, Sioux City Packers and more.
His Major League debut happened on September 28, 1901 for the Boston Red Sox. It was the second game of a double header and the last game of the season. Jake was the starting pitcher. Because of darkness, the game was called after seven innings. He had given up seven earned runs and two un-earned runs. He walked nine batters and gave up six hits.
He would play for two other Major League teams: the Boston Beaneaters and the Cincinnati Reds. He played in 11 games over three seasons. His record was 2-4 and a 6.10 ERA.
On November 25, 1909 he married Annie Cloud Zuercher; a 21 year old divorcee with a young son. Jake was still playing professional baseball but with the minor leagues.
On May 9, 1911 he shot and killed his wife while she was standing at the gate to the yard of their home. Her five year old son was holding his mother's hand as she was shot and fell to the ground; dying instantly.
There were several delays and a change of venue before Jake was finally tried for the murder of his wife. He was found not guilty by reason of temporary insanity.
He resumed his professional baseball career playing for several more minor league teams.
On October 28, 1916 Jake married Elsie Boehm. In 1917 their only child Jake Jr. was born and Jake Sr. was a fireman for the City of San Antonio. His baseball career was over.
Jake Sr. worked for the Judson Candy Factory for 42 years as a machinist/engineer. Jake Jr. died in 1932 at the age of fourteen of a heart condition. He was their only child.
In 1957 Jake was a double amputee having had both legs amputated. Because of the lack of a wheelchair he was bedridden for two years. Several of his former teammates/coaches from baseball arranged the purchase of a wheelchair for him.
He died in San Antonio, Texas on August 11, 1962 at the age of 84. He was survived by his wife and numerous nieces and nephews.
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