T205 John McGraw Tobacco Reprint Baseball Card with Gold
T205 John McGraw Tobacco Reprint
In 1902, New York quickly churned through two managers, both of
whom considered shifting emerging star pitcher Christy Mathewson to
another position. Owner Andrew Freedman managed to snag the
aggressive McGraw away from the fledging American League's Baltimore
Orioles and signed him as player-manager of the Giants in
Later in the season, Mr.Brush assumed controlling interest of the
team and gave McGraw the freedom and money to run the team as he
wished. He lured many top players to the club and nurtured the Hall
of Fame career of Mathewson, and two years later, the Giants would
be back on top of the National League. John would lead the Giants
for the next 29 years,winning 10 pennants and three world titles and
recording 21 finishes of second or better.
Upon assuming the reins of the Giants, McGraw came up with an
innovative solution for the problem of what to do with Luther
"Dummy" Taylor, the only deaf-mute person to play in the Majors in
the 20th century. McGraw made his entire team learn sign language so
they could communicate with him, and when they started using the
skill in games, it became the earliest form of "signs" in baseball.
Taylor won 21 games for the 1904 pennant-winning club.
John McGraw Card
"Remember this, son. One percent of ballplayers are leaders of
men. The other ninety-nine percent are followers of women." - Hall
of Fame Manager J. McGraw
Price $2.99 Available: Out of Stock
Visit the The
Baseball Card Store for Hall of Fame baseball players cards like
Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Lou Gehrig, Cy Young, Willie Mays,
Ted Williams, Nolan Ryan and many others.