Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXXII
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 4/15/2011
“Doc” Doolan was a college boy in a blue collar game at the turn of the century. Born in Ashland, Pennsylvania, Doolan graduated from Villanova where he studied dentistry and played baseball before making the jump from minor league Jersey City to the Phillies.
A tough customer at shortstop, one of the favorite jokes around the league was that Doolan could knock your teeth out during the game, then fix them after the contest was over. A slick glove man with a light bat, Doolan twice led the Senior Circuit in fielding during his nine year tenure with Philadelphia.
As with many players of the era, Doolan jumped to the Federal League in 1914, playing for both the Baltimore Terrapins and the Chicago Whales. Following the collapse of the league, the steady shortstop played three more seasons with the Cubs, Giants and Brooklyn Robins.
After spending several years as a coach and later a minor league manager, Doolan hung up the spikes for good in 1932 and practiced dentistry full time until he retired in 1947.
Doolan’s Broadleaf example included in this auction delivers high marks for razor sharp corners and snowy white borders. The surface of this magnificent relic is perfectly preserved and shows all the character of a card that one would expect to still smell of tobacco. Our suggestion – keep the infield pair from Philadelphia together and purchase both the Doolan and Knabe Broadleaf examples. Then your collection will be strong up the middle in more ways than one!
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