Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XLI
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"Sam Crawford was for years considered the heaviest slugger in baseball. His great shoulders and muscular arms and his sure eye made him about the hardest man in the game for a pitcher to face. . ."
-Baseball Magazine, 1913
In an era with outstanding hitters such as Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker, Napolean Lajoie, Joe Jackson, Honus Wagner, Home Run Baker and many, many more, the fact that Baseball Magazine once featured a photo of Sam Crawford with the caption, “Sam Crawford, Baseball’s Greatest Slugger . . .” speaks volumes.
Crawford was the first player in baseball history, and the only man from the pre-free agent era, to ever lead the NL and the AL in homeruns, with Cincinnati in 1901 and Detroit in 1908. Fred McGriff and Mark McGwire have since accomplished the feat.
Known for smashing scorching line drives, Crawford maintains the career mark for triples to this day with 309 and holds the big league mark for inside-the-park homeruns with a mind numbing 51.
While Crawford played alongside Ty Cobb, the two merely tolerated each other. Legend has it that they only spoke when calling for fly balls. Rarely has such an intense rivalry and dislike existed among teammates – of course, Ty Cobb was far from the common teammate either. To his surprise, Crawford learned, after Cobb’s death, that the “Georgia Peach” had written and responded to hundreds of letters lobbying for Crawford’s induction into Baseball’s Hall of Fame (an honor bestowed upon Crawford in 1957).
Of particular interest concerning this T206 Crawford is its coveted Uzit reverse. Uzit cards are among the rarest of the rare within American Tobacco’s epic offering, with only 63 Uzit examples having been graded to date. The fact that this Uzit of one of Cooperstown’s greatest players makes the card all the more valuable.
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