My Collection of Players Associated with Quirky Trivia

by Vvvergeer - 13 cards (Last updated on Jun. 4, 2018)

1. 1912 Hassan Triple Folders T202 #NNO Evers Makes a Safe Slide (Jimmy Archer / Ed Reulbach)

A two for one.
Jimmy Archer fell into a vat of boiling sap when he was 19. Somehow, healing from the burns tightened his arm muscles. So he became one of best throwing catchers in history.
Ed Reulbach, who might belong in the Hall of Fame, is the only pitcher in history to throw two shutouts in one day.
I love this card. Graded because I fear forgeries. My highest graded card at PSA 4.

2. 1933 Goudey #67 Guy Bush

Gave up Babe Ruth's last homerun.
(Also walked more than he struck out over his career, but that's not unique)
Didn't learn the Ruth trivia until I got the card home. My only Goudey at the moment.

3. 1912 Brown Backgrounds T207 #NNO King Cole

Well, I got him to work on my Cubs T207 collection, but I always discover great stuff, like that this guy threw the first no-hitter in Cubs history (seven innings, so it wouldn't count anymore, but still...) AND gave up Babe Ruth's first hit, a double. (Just need the guy who gave up Ruth's first homer, and I'll have a nice little trio with Guy Bush, above).

4. 1909-11 The American Tobacco Company T206 White Border #NNO Al Bridwell

Punched manager John Mcgraw in the face and got a two game suspension.
Bought this as part of my Merkle's Boner collection, and learned this tidbit.

5. 1927 Exhibits W461 #NNO Cliff Heathcote

Traded for Max Flack on May 30, 1922. Not a big deal, except the trade took place between games of a double header. Both players played for both teams that day.
Got this single card in my effort to have a card from every decade cards were produced. Didn't know which Cub to get, so I went with the quirky trivia, which is what started this list.

6. 1916 M101-5 Sporting News #60 Max Flack

11/20/17. Got this after stalking various Max Flack cards for months. This is the other half of the equation, the guy who was traded for Clifton Heathcote between games of a double header, as noted above. I love this!

7. 1911 T205 Gold Border #NNO Johnny Kling

Once got 12 straight hits.

8. 1912 Brown Backgrounds T207 #NNO Frank Schulte

First player to ever have 20 doubles, triples, home runs, and stolen bases in one season.

9. 1909-11 The American Tobacco Company T206 White Border #NNO Harry Steinfeldt

Once had a record three sacrifice flies in one game.

10. 1965 Topps #519 Bob Uecker

Is Bob Uecker.



Jul. 9, 2017 - 11:19AM

Awesome list V3.  When I talk baseball cards with people, this is the kind of stuff that really interests them.   I like the use of all the different types of vintage cards to make this list.  My one suggestion would be Arlie Latham.  Still holds the record as the oldest player at the age of 49, to record a stolen base in the major leagues.  If I remember the story correctly , he had been hired by John McGraw as a third base coach for the then New York Giants, but was used as a pinch runner when he stole the bag.  Unfortunately, he also holds the record for most errors committed in a career by a third baseman.  He was a colorful character with many more baseball tidbits. 

Jul. 9, 2017 - 12:07PM

I'm on it CAD, thanks. The use of different vintage cards is due to the fact that those are the cards I own. I'll add Arlie Latham when I get one of his cards. Still stalking a Max Flack, the other half of the double header trade. Might need a Quincy Trouppe. 


Aug. 28, 2017 - 1:41PM

Was watching Ken Burn's documentary about baseball, and the name Rube Waddell came up.  One piece of trivia was, that he performed as an alligator wrestler in the offseason.  He was the opposing pitcher in Cy Young's perfect game in 1904.  Rube also led the league in strikeouts for 6 consecutive seasons from 1902 to 1907, twice topping 300+ Ks.  He would hold that record for southpaws, until Sandy Koufax pitched 3 seasons of 300+ Ks. 

There was a lot more quirky trivia about this guy, so I thought to mention him here.

Aug. 28, 2017 - 5:30PM

Thank you! Tough card to get, but I'd love one. 

Mar. 16, 2018 - 1:19PM

How about Herman "Germany" Schaefer who actually is credited with stealing first base? On Aug. 4, 1911 he first stole second base, then ran back to first, then got caught in a rundown while trying to steal second again, his original intention so that his teammate on third could run for home. If you don't have a T204 Ramly it's an excuse to look for one.

Mar. 17, 2018 - 7:45AM

Thank you. Germany Schaefer was on my list. And about a week ago, I started stalking T204s. We’ll see what happens. 

Jun. 5, 2018 - 11:45AM

Jack Warhop apparently served up Babe's first big leage round-tripper. His 1994 Conlon card does not mention that distinction, but does note some other interesting facts about his less-than-stellar pitching career.

Jun. 5, 2018 - 4:22PM

Just wondered what you thought about Eddie Gaedel. At 3ft 7in he was the shortest person to ever play. Also apparently due to its scarcity his autograph now sells for more that Babe Ruth`s.   

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