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Brook Jacoby Jr.- Athlete
Brook was born November 23, 1957 in Ventura. He was one of the most celebrated baseball players to come out of Ventura High School. It was a major coup for Ventura College when he chose to become a Pirate.
In 1978, Brook's first year, he hit .360, scored 25 runs and had 19 RBI in 30 games. he led the Pirates in runs scored (41), doubles (7), triples (5), and he batted .395 in Western State Conference (WSC) games. These achievements earned Brook a place on the All WSC first team. Brook was given the team MVP award.
In his sophomore year in 1979, Brook batted .393 with 37 runs scored, with 26 triples in 28 games. He led that Pirates in runs scored, hits (48), doubles (8), and he had a batting average of .392 in conference games. Brook was again awarded a place on the All WSC first team. Brook again was voted team MVP. At this time, Brook is the two time MVP in the history of the VC baseball program. Brook was also voted All Southern California during both of his years on the VC team.
Several years ago, the Pirate baseball program implemented the "44" club, which honors the player who is the top run producer. This award is called the "44" club in recognition of the 44 runs produced by Brook in his first year in the VC program. With a VC career batting average of .377, Brook is in third place on the all time career batting average list.
A third baseman, Brook began his professional career in minor leagues in 1979. While playing for Richmond in the INternational League, he batted .315 (8th best in the league), hit 25 home runs and had 100 RBI. Brook hit a total of 84 home runs while in the minor leagues.
Brook came up to the major leagues in 1981, signing with the Atlanta Braves. In August 1983, he was traded from the Braves to the Cleveland Indians. The highlight of Brook's major league career was twice being selected to the American League All Star teams, in 1986 and 1990. In 1984 he was selected for the Topps Rookie All Star team when he played for the Cleveland Indians. Brook finished his career playing in Japan.
Today, Brook is a hitting coordinator with the Texas Rangers.