All-Time MLB Players Form Louisiana: Rebel Oakes
There have been a number of individuals from Lafayette, and the Acadiana area, that have played in Major League Baseball over the years.
Obviously, the entire state of Louisiana has produced even more.
As a matter of fact, 246 people born in the state of Louisiana have appeared in a Major League Baseball game, beginning in 1874, with John Peters of New Orleans, who played 11 years, with the likes of the Chicago White Stockings, Milwaukee Grays, Providence Grays, Buffalo Bisons, and Pittsburgh Alleghenys.
All summer, we’ll preview a player from the state of Louisiana that appeared in Major League baseball, starting with players from Lafayette, before spotlighting players from the Acadiana area, and then a few from the state itself.
Yesterday, we spotlighted Rusty Staub.
Today, we feature Rebel Oakes.
Born in Lisbon in 1983, Lisbon, a left-handed hitting outfielder, played parts of 7 seasons in Major League Baseball, with the Cincinnati Reds (1909), St. Louis Cardinals (1910-1913), and the Pittsburgh Rebels (1914-1915).
Now, if you're unsure of where Lisbon is at, it's located in extreme north Louisiana, in Claiborne Parish.
We're spotlighting Oakes, because he was one of the most successful players from the state in the early part of the 20th century, and still ranks 13th on the all-time Louisiana-born hit list.
In 7 seasons in Major League Baseball, Oakes hit a .279, to go along with 15 home runs, 397 runs batted in, and 163 stolen bases.
Collecting 1,011 career hits, Oakes also accumulated 112 doubles and 42 triples.