Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XLIV
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One of the toughest infielder’s of all time, “The Tabasco Kid” was famous for intimidating the opposition with how he treated spike wounds suffered when enemy baserunners tried to break up double-plays. As was the custom in pre-WWI baseball, runners often intentionally spiked their rivals around second base when sliding to try to gain a psychological and physical edge. Elberfeld would have none of it. At the end of an inning when he had been spiked, Elberfeld would sit on the dugout steps, in plain view of the opposing dugout and the fans, and pour whiskey on his wounds to “seal the cut.” The tactic earned the tough-nosed middle infielder a reputation for not feeling pain and the respect of all in the league.
POP REPORT: 1 of the highest graded examples on record. 1 of 3 PSA 6’s. Exceeded by 9 examples graded higher including all reverse variations.
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