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Jeffery Victoria, Shortstop

Inducted into FOBL Hall of Fame: 2022

Drafted in the ninth round (294th overall) by the Dakota Roughriders in 2001.

Dakota Roughriders (2001)
Pasadena Voodoo (2002-2003)
Des Moines Delinquents (2004-2018)

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18 seasons, .286 BA, .797 OPS, 321 HR, 2967 H

Best season:
2007: .338 BA, .962 OPS, 29 HR

All-Star Team 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018
All-FOBL Second Team 2007, 2013
Member of 2013 FOBL Champion Des Moines Delinquents

Consistency, thy name is Jeffery Victoria.

10 times in 18 seasons, Victoria recorded 15 or more offensive Win Shares. 14 times, he recorded at least seven defensive Win Shares at his shortstop position, including the final 12 seasons of his career. He hit .290 or better 10 times. He played at least 155 games 10 times in his career and retired fifth in FOBL history in games (2,686) and sixth in hits (2,967).

Victoria started his career in the FOBL's inaugural season, 2001, at the tender age of 21. Drafted by the Dakota Roughriders, Victoria also spent time with Pasadena Voodoo before finding a permanent home in Des Moines. He would go on to play the next 15 seasons with the Delinquents and finished his career second in games played for the Delinquents (2,263), trailing only stalwart William Reedy.

In Des Moines, Victoria was named to the Gindin League All-Star team seven times and was an All-FOBL Second Team pick in 2007, when he hit a career-best .338 to finish third in the GL, and 2013, when he hit .281 in the postseason to help the Delinquents to their first FOBL Championship. He played for four division-winning Des Moines squads.

At an age where most players are thinking about retirement, Victoria remained a productive shortstop late in his career. In 2017, at age 37, Victoria was an All-Star, hitting .301 with 19 homeruns.

Victoria finished his career as one of just three shortstops in FOBL history with at least 140 career defensive Win Shares. He also finished his career second in offensive Win Shares at the shortstop position. Fellow Hall of Famer Angel McBride is the only shortstop in FOBL history who can match Victoria's combination of offense and defense.

Following his retirement, Victoria was inducted into the Delinquents Hall of Fame and had his #40 jersey retired on Opening Day, Apr. 2, 2019. The day was declared "Jeffery Victoria Day" in the city of Des Moines by mayor Jeff Creighton and Victoria was presented with a key to the city of Des Moines.

Victoria was elected in his third and final year of eligibility for the FOBL Hall of Fame, receiving 25 of a possible 28 votes.