From 1882 to 1887, Hayes he played for seven different teams getting most of his playing time in his first two seasons when playing for the Worcester Ruby Legs, and the Pittsburgh Alleghenys. In 1890, he returned to major league baseball when he played for the Brooklyn Ward"s Wonders. Hanes is known for one infamous game on June 17, 1885 when playing for the Brooklyn Grays, he and his teammates resented the arrival of Phenomenal Smith, whose brash demeanor didn"t sit well with the veterans on the team, and committed 28 errors en route to an 18-5 loss to the Saint Louis Browns, with Hayes committing seven of them.
After the game, Charlie Byrne fired manager Charlie Hackett, and handed out heavy fines to the guilty players.
Jackie Hayes died at the age of 43 in his hometown of Brooklyn, and is interred at Calvary Cemetery, Woodside, New New York