“He possessed one of the strongest throwing arms of any catcher I have seen or known, with the exception of Gabby Hartnett. “So sayeth Howard “Buck” Griffin, former Shoreman pitcher and himself a member of the Washington College Athletic Hall of Fame.
A three-sport performer, Jake excelled in basketball and baseball, and played football during the 1927 season.
Coach Thomas Kibler used this tough competitor’s talents at the center position in basketball. During the 1927-28 and the 1928-29 seasons, Washington College won 33 games and lost only three.
The 1929 Pegasus proclaimed Lewis Jacobs’ basketball talents as follows:
Lewis Jacobs, our blond flash, always in possession of the ball provided it is within reach, has been the most colorful and outstanding athlete on the squad. Always a valuable man under his own or the opponent’s basket, his type of play is of the kind which finds favor in the eyes of the public and of coaches. Fighting for the ball to the last whistle and shooting and passing with precision and care has made Jacobs a valuable asset to the team, and his departure via graduation will leave a gap which will challenge the power of his successors to fill.”
In his senior year, Lewis captained the Shoreman baseball squad. His mentor, Coach Kibler, often re-marked about his ability to throw out runners on the base paths. In fact, his reputation as an excellent catcher resulted in very few opponents ever attempting to try to run on his good arm.
After graduation, Lewis taught for three years at Jarrettsville High School and then became a case worker for the Harford County Department of Social Services, a position he held until retirement. He died on April 23, 1965, leaving a wife and six children.
It is indeed a pleasure for Washington College to induct Lewis Thomas Jacobs into its Athletic Hall of Fame on this fifth day of October, 1990.