Saturday, March 21, 2009


Here are a few more Sporting News Supplement Hall of Famers from my collection. The pictures can be enlarged just by clicking on the image. Pictured are:

Grover Cleveland Alexander
Frank "Home Run" Baker
Charles "Chief" Bender
Mordecai "Three Fingers" Brown
Clark Griffith
Ban Johnson
Connie Mack


Between July 22, 1909 and December 11, 1913 the Sporting News included with it weekly publication a baseball supplement commonly referred to as Sporting News Supplements M101-2. The supplements measure approximately 8" by 10" and are sepia in color. There are 100 in the set. Pictured here is the "famous" double play combo of the Chicago Cubs. Joe Tinker at short, Johnny Evers at second and Frank Chance at first. All three are members of the baseball Hall of Fame.

Saturday, March 14, 2009


Ten Million (1889 - 1964) was a minor league baseball player who played in the Northwestern League in the early 1900’s. He is best known for his unusual name. He appears with the Victoria team of the Northwestern League on his 1911 Obak card (T212-3) pictured to the right.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Michael Riley "Doc" Powers (1870-1909)

On April 12, 1909, Powers was injured during the first game played in Philadelphia's Shibe Park while chasing a foul pop-up. He sustained internal injuries from the collision and died from complications two weeks later. It is thought that he was the first Major Leaguer to suffer a fatal on-field injury. The only other player to die from an on-field incident was Ray Chapman in 1920.

I'm looking to acquire this postcard pictured below. If anyone can help please email me at


My Wantlist. Current as of May 10, 2009

1906 Sporting Life Postcard of Detroit Tigers

1906 Ullman Postcards, 1905 New York Giants World Champions Harry (Henry) Mathewson

1909 Obak T212-1 Eagan

1907 Grignon Chicago Cubs Postcards

1911 Zeenuts Bernard, Bohen, Fullerton and Halla

Wednesday, March 4, 2009


Most everyone is familiar with the Black Sox scandal where eight Chicago White Sox players were alleged to have taken money to throw the 1919 World Series. Most infamous among the eight were Shoeless Joe Jackson, Buck Weaver and Eddie Cicotte. The full story is set out in Eliot Asinof’s book Eight Men Out. These players along with Hal Chase have been the subject of much research and writings. There are however other interesting stories of lesser known players who have run afoul of organized baseball and have found themselves on the outs.

First we have Joe Gedeon. Often referred to as the “Ninth Man Out” Joe was banned permanently for "having guilty knowledge" of the World Series fix. Joe Gedeon is pictured on his 1915 Zeenut card.

Next we have Babe Borton. Babe came into the majors with the Chicago White Sox in 1912 hitting a very respectable .371 in 105 at-bats. The next year he was traded to the Yankees and ended his major league career in the in the Federal League. Following his major league stint Babe played in the Pacific Coast League playing for theVenice and Vernon teams. During the 1919 season, it was rumored that opposing players had been bribed to insure Vernon the pennant. Babe, along with Harl Maggart and Bill Rumler and pitchers Tom Seaton of Portland and Casey Smith of San Francisco were expelled from the league for suspected activities in the scandal. Rumler received a pardon from Organized Baseball in 1928, and finished out his career playing for the Hollywood Stars.

Babe Borton is pictured here on his 1919 Zeenut card.

Harl Maggert is pictured here on his 1917 Zeenut card.

Casey Smith is pictured here in his 1919 Zeenut card.

Bill Rumler is pictured here on his 1929 Zeenut card.

Tom Seaton is pictured here on his 1911 Zeenut card.

Sunday, March 1, 2009


Up for sale is a rarely offered W600 Sporting Life Cabinet of John O'Brien. This card has been graded SGC 30 by Sports Guaranty, LLC. Downgraded from ex/mt appearance due to dime sized paper loss on reverse. It shows him as a member of the Boston American League team. While W600 cabinets were issued between 1902 and 1911 this card can be dated to 1903 as that was his only year with Boston. The card is crease free with only minor softening at the corners.

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I am offering this card at $775.00. ***SOLD***

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