Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XLI
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 6/21/2012
"Doyle is easily the best ball player on the Giants, a hustling, aggressive, McGraw style of player, full of nerve, grit and true courage. I think he is gamer than his manager, and in some respects a better baseball general."
- Hugh Fullerton, 1912
Larry Doyle was born the son of a coal miner. And for several years, it appeared he would follow in his father’s footsteps. But Doyle’s determination and natural skills on the baseball diamond saved him from working “in the hole” beneath the Earth’s surface.
In a 1908 interview, Doyle reflected on his time in the mines, "When you first go down into the earth there comes a sudden realization of what might happen to you. Nowadays the mines can be lighted by electricity, and it's comparatively simple to go through a mine. But when you get caught without a light in some deep labyrinth in the bowels of the earth, it's no picnic."
After a favorable report on Doyle from his old friend Dan Brouthers, John McGraw convinced the Giants to sign the young infielder “at any price.” The Giants paid a then record $4,500 for Doyle and Giants fans awaited their prized recruit. Ironically, the team and its fans waited a little longer for Doyle than expected. A nervous youngster unaccustomed to New York, Doyle took the wrong ferry across the Hudson River and was late for his major league debut. An unusually patient John McGraw helped the Midwesterner adapt to his surroundings, rather than berating him. The handling paid off. By his second year, Doyle was considered one of the NL’s elite players.
Doyle’s T206 portrait is a moment stolen from time. The deep red backdrop typifies the second baseman’s scrappy personality. His oversized wool swearer delivers a glimpse into a world lost to baseball’s modern era.
The Soverign back on this marvelous artifact elevates the quality of the offering. Only seven Soverign examples of this card are on register at PSA. And while graded an EX 5 due to limited corner rounding, this card and its surface score high marks for color, clarity and registration. Few examples, at any grade, will show better than this cardboard classic.
POP REPORT: 1 of 2 at PSA 5. Exceeded by one example graded higher. Total population: 7.
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