The Collection

Sports memorabilia and related musings...

 

The Teams of 1913:

T200 Fatima Team Cards

 

 

  • The Cleveland Americans photo includes none other than Shoeless Joe Jackson, as well as HOFer Nap Lajoie, and Jack Graney, who is credited with being the first to ever suggest the idea of players wearing uniform numbers.  Jack was very good friends with Shoeless Joe, and it is his dog Larry that is pictured sitting in front of the team with him.  Larry was a team mascot of sorts who entertained crowds in all the ballparks before the Cleveland Naps games.  Graney, a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, was also the first former ML ballplayer to become a broadcaster following his playing days, a move later made by my cousin Lee Handley with the Pirates radio broadcasts.
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  • The Pittsburgh Pirates photo includes the one and only Honus Wagner, depicted here towards the end of his career.
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  • The NY Nationals (Giants) photo is packed with notable characters from the era, including Jim Thorpe, Chief Meyers, Fred Merkle, Fred Snodgrass, and HOFers John McGraw, Rube Marquard, and the great Christy Mathewson.  I really wish the storied character named Victory Faust was also present for the photo, but alas, poor timing!
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  • The Chicago Cubs photo depicts several holdovers from the team's dominant teams of several years prior, including Johnny Evers, Big Ed Reulbach, Orval Overall (you can't make up names like that), Johnny Kling, and Heine Zimmerman (the huge bruiser seated in the middle of the front row).  Unfortunately, Frank Chance, Joe Tinker and Mordecai 3-Finger Brown are not shown since they had already departed.