Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXXVIII
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 1/26/2012
Only 2 examples have ever graded higher than this miraculously well-preserved E93 Jim Delehanty, graded PSA EX/MT 6. The Cleveland native was the fourth born of five brothers who would play major league baseball, the most famous of whom was the eldest, “Big Ed,” who was 12 years Jim’s senior and consequently not much of an influence on the developing youth, who would bounce around baseball for nearly a decade before finding a comfortable fit at second base with the Detroit Tigers late in the 1909 season. Jim was batting just .222 when he came to Detroit, but he performed admirably in the World Series, playing in all seven games and batting .346 with 9 hits, 5 doubles, and 4 RBI. He batted .294 the following year in 106 games and then enjoyed his best season in 1911, ranking as one of the greatest offensive players in the entire American League with a .339 batting average in 144 games. His success continued in 1912, but historians speculate that he was released from the team after siding with Ty Cobb in the player’s strike of May 18. He continued to bounce around baseball for another three seasons before heading back to Cleveland for a new and much more reliable career as a truck driver. If only “Big Ed” had interceded earlier, Jim could also have been one of the all-time greats!
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