Vernal Leroy Jones (June 29, 1925 - October 3, 1995) is a former professional baseball player. He was a first baseman over parts of 8 seasons (1946-1952, 1957) with the St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Braves. Jones was a member of the 1957 World Series champion Braves. For his career he hit .267 with 25 home runs and 209 runs batted in in 412 games played.
Jones was born in Los Angeles, California and later died in Sacramento, California at the age of 70.
1957 World Series
Jones is best remembered for what happened in Game 4 of the 1957 World Series. He was with the Braves, at bat in a key situation. He jumped back from a low pitch, and the umpire called a ball. He protested that it had hit his foot, a shoe polish mark proved it, and he was awarded first base. Braves slugger Eddie Mathews
would proceed to win the game with a two-run home run, giving the Braves the victory in game 4. They would win the series in 7 games.