Heath is one of the few players in history to hit 20 doubles, triples, and homers in the same season, a feat he accomplished in 1941. The husky outfielder played 14 years in the big leagues, 10 of them (his best seasons) with the Cleveland Indians. Heath was one of the first Canadian-born players to become a star in the United States: he was born in Fort William in Ontario, though he spent much of his youth in Seattle.
As a veteran outfielder in 1948, Heath helped the Boston Braves win the National League pennant with his stellar play. He hit .319 with 20 homers and 76 RBI in 115 games and posted a .404 OBP and .582 SLG. Unfortunately, with just days left in the regular season, Heath broke his ankle sliding into home plate and missed the chance to play in his first World Series. The Braves lost the Fall Classic to Heath’s old team – the Cleveland Indians. The following season, Heath attempted to come back from the ankle injury but despite hitting .306 with nine homers in 36 games he was done as a big league ballplayer since he could no longer put much weight on his ankle or run very well at all.
His 1,447 hits rank second only to Larry walker among Canadian-born major leaguers.
Most Home Runs by Canadian-born Players
1. †Larry Walker … 383
2. †Matt Stairs … 265
3. †Jason Bay … 203
4. †Jeff Heath … 194
5. †Justin Morneau … 185