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D’Arcy “Jake” Flowers

D’Arcy was posthumously inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 1981. His citation is copied below:

D’Arcy Flowers would have been named by any college to its Hall of Fame, so outstanding was his ability, knowledge of sports and competitive nature. During his student years, 1921-1925, he was a football running back, member of the championship 1923 “Flying Pentagon” basketball team, and outstanding baseball shortstop.

“Jake” began his career in organized baseball while still in college, playing for Cambridge in the Eastern Shore League of 1922. He left college in 1925 to become a utility infielder with the St. Louis Cardinal’s Gashouse Gang, and in 1926 helped defeat the New York Yankees in the World Series. He later became a Brooklyn Dodger and enjoyed his best season in 1930 when he batted .320. As a Dodger, he played in his second World Series against the Philadelphia Athletics in 1931. His playing career ended with the Cincinnati Reds in 1936. .

In 1937 Flowers became manager of the Salisbury team in the Eastern Shore League, and was named “minor league manager of the year” by the Sporting News. He then coached for the Pittsburgh Pirates under manager Frankie Frisch and later coached with the Boston Braves and the Cleveland Indians. From 1947 through 1950, he was President-General Manager of the Milwaukee Blues of the American Association, where he completed his formal ties with professional baseball.

D’Arcy Flowers ranks with the very best of Washington College athletes, having played eleven seasons in the majors and enjoying a second career as baseball manager and coach for thirteen years. He died in December of 1962 in Clearwater, Florida, just one week after leaving his native Cambridge.

INDUCTED October 9, 1981.