Tris Speaker - 1909-1911 T206 White Border

This is the only card in the set to feature the great centerfielder. Known as the Grey Eagle, Tris Speaker collected more than 3,500 career hits and was considered by most historians to be the premier defensive outfielder of the era. His .345 career average places Speaker in the top five hitters of all-time and his 792 doubles rank first in the category. For his exploits, Speaker was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1937. This card – acknowledged by many as his rookie card – shows Speaker ready to strike the ball with his lethal bat, a fitting tribute to one of baseball’s greatest offensive machines.

Tristram E. “Tris” Speaker

Born: April 4, 1888 - Hubbard, TX
Died: December 8, 1958 - Lake Whitney, TX
Batted: LH
Threw: LH
Position: OF
Career BA: .345
Managerial Record: 617–520

Teams:
Boston Americans/Red Sox AL (1907–1915)
Cleveland Indians AL (1916–1918; player/manager: 1919–1926)
Washington Senators AL (1927)
Philadelphia Athletics AL (1928)

A Texas native, Tris Speaker was born right-handed but learned to throw and bat lefty after breaking his right arm twice while being thrown from broncos. With his lifetime .345 batting average, Speaker is considered one of the purest hitters of all time. He was a legendary outfielder, and helped the Red Sox win two World Series championships. He was also American League MVP in 1912. Speaker is still the all-time leader in putouts and double plays for his position, and owns the top spot for career doubles. He and Ty Cobb, a close friend, were considered the best hitters of the time. Speaker was also a successful manager for Cleveland, leading the Indians to a World Series win in 1920. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1937.

– Tom and Ellen Zappala, The T206 Collection: The Players and Their Stories


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Condition Census (Explain)

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MINT 9
2 NM-MT 8 (12)

AUCTION PRICES REALIZED

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01/01/2006 $13,920 8 178 Robert Edward Auctions 2006 Auction Auction 04276946
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10/15/2014 $1,080 5 250 Robert Edward Auctions 2014 Fall Auction 30506746
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