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T205 Tris Speaker Tobacco Reprint Baseball Card with Gold Borders

T205 Tris Speaker Tobacco Reprint Baseball Card

Tris Speaker, the Boston Americans' hard hitting outfielder, came from Texas, where he batted .318 for the Houston team in 1907. For the 1908 season the Boston Management sent him to Little Rock, where he batted 350. Recalled to Boston in 1909 he made 165 hits that year for a total of 242 bases, and in 1910 hit safely 183 times for 252 bases, he is fast on his feet both in the field and when base running.

Even with an awesome lifetime batting average of .344, Speaker is invariably remembered for his superb defensive skills. Speaker holds one of the most impressive defensive records with 139 double plays as an outfielder. Only Ty Cobb, Willie Mays, and Hank Aaron have played in more major league games as an outfielder than the man commonly known as the "Gray Eagle."

Speaker was quickly given this dubious nickname by teammates upon their learning of his upbringing in the plains of Texas. During his nineteen full seasons in the majors, Speaker failed to bat over .300 only once, while setting a major league record with 793 doubles. He led the American League in hits twice and his .386 batting average was the best in the league. This eagle landed smoothly in the Hall of Fame in 1937.

T205 Tris Speaker Reprint Card

T205 Tris Speaker Reprint Card

"The Babe was a great ballplayer, sure, but Cobb was even greater. Babe could knock your brains out but Cobb would drive you crazy."-Speaker

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