John Jacob "Jake" Atz began his baseball career in 1896 as a player in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley League. When his team won the playoffs, the 17-year-old Atz won $18 in bonus money. He later played for the Chicago White Sox until 1910 when he intentionally took a pitch on the hip to reach first base. It crippled him, ending his major-league playing career. By 1916, he was managing the Fort Worth Cats and starting a legendary stint in the Texas League. Atz remained a Texas League manager for 22 years and had a record of seven consecutive first-place finishes (1919-25), six consecutive pennants (1920-25), and five Dixie Series titles (1920, 1921, 1923-25). He was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1963.