Austin native Bibb Falk could have been honored by the Texas Sports Hall of Fame for his baseball talents or his career as a college baseball coach. The hard-hitting outfielder went straight from the University of Texas to the Chicago White Sox in 1920 where he replaced "Shoeless" Joe Jackson in leftfield after the infamous "Black Sox Scandal". Known as "Jockey" for his verbal riding of opposing player during games, Falk played nine years with the Chicago White Sox (1920-1928) and three with Cleveland Indians (1929-1931). He produced a .314 career batting average that peaked in 1924 when he hit .352. Falk succeeded Billy Disch, his former coach, at the University of Texas in 1940. His teams won 20 conference titles in his 25 years as coach, including national championships at the College World Series in 1949 and 1950. Disch-Falk Field at the University of Texas was named in honor of a half-century of service by both coaches. He was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1961.

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