Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XLI
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 6/21/2012
"I was so badly rattled I didn't get over it all winter, I lost confidence in myself completely and those calls, 'take him out,' '$11,000 lemon,' and so on, they ring in my ears yet."
-Rube Marquard recalling his first game
Hall of Famer Rube Marquard’s professional debut left much to besired. He won only 9 games in his first two seasons and was considered a complete “bust” by the New York media.
But after his second season, John McGraw brought in old friend Wilbert Robinson to make the lefty his personal project. As anticipated, “Uncle Wilbert” found success with his student.
In 1912, with the help of Robinson, Rube enjoyed his greatest season, going 26-11 and winning two games in that year's World Series against the Boston Red Sox. His 19-game winning streak began with his first outing of the year on April 11, when he beat Brooklyn's Nap Rucker, 18-3. Nearly three months later he defeated Rucker again, 2-1, for the final game of the streak. In between Marquard beat every team in the league at least twice, including Brooklyn, Boston, and Philadelphia three times each. He completed 16 of the 19 games, surrendering only 142 hits and allowing only 42 earned runs. When he finally lost to Chicago on July 8, his record stood at 19-1; at the time only two other NL pitchers, Rube Benton and Larry Cheney, had as many as 10 wins. In the Chalmers Award voting Marquard finished eighth, first among pitchers.
While considered a McGraw type of pitcher, Marquard was actually a Wilbert Robinson pitcher. After slumping severely in 1914, Marquard negotiated a trade to Brooklyn, now managed by “Uncle Robbie,” and resurrected his career, winning 13 with a career best 1.58 ERA.
The Marquard Soverign back offered here is nothing short of incredible. While graded only a GOOD 2, we’ve seen many VG-EX 4 cards that lacked the color, clarity and of this astounding specimen. Examine the card closely. Place your bids. And be sure to get this one graded.
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