Tribute to Zack Wheat
The Post is named after Zack Wheat, nicknamed Buck, who was an American Major League Baseball left fielder. Born in Hamilton, Mo., he was voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1959.
Wheat lived from May 23, 1888-March 11, 1972. During World War I, he raised and sold mules on the side to the U.S. Army to use as pack animals.
After retiring from baseball, he lived on a farm in Polo, Mo., which he sold in 1932. Wheat then moved to Kansas City, Mo. where he operated a bowling alley and later became a police officer.
After being injured in a car accident, which happened while he was chasing a suspect, Wheat moved his family to Sunrise Beach to recuperate. He opened a 46-acre hunting and fishing resort here.
The monument in Sunrise Beach memorializes a few important dates in his life.
He was with the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1909-1926 and the Philadelphia A’s in 1927. The corner stones of the bottom square show the number of times he got on base. He made it to first 2,318 times, second 464 and third 171. With home plate, his total bases were 4,003.
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Zack Wheat American Legion Post 624