Ira Thomas (Turkey Red Back) - 1911 T3 Turkey Red Cabinets

Ira Felix Thomas (1881-1958) was a big lumbering catcher who completed the first successful pinch-hit play in a World Series when he replaced Detroit Tigers Charlie O’Leary in the ninth inning of Game 1 collecting a single. Ira played much of his career as a backup catcher coming up with the New York Highlanders (1906-1907), and playing for the Detroit Tigers (1908) and the Philadelphia Athletics (1909-1915). One of Connie Mack’s favorites, Thomas enjoyed his best season in 1911 when he played in 103 games, (his most in s single season) batted .273 with 81 hits and 39 RBI. Ira was a member of five World Series teams with Detroit in 1908 and Philadelphia in 1910, 1911, 1913 and 1914, though he did not appear in the final two Fall Classics. He was awarded three rings with the Athletics in 1910, 1911 and 1913. Thomas played behind the plate in 450 games posting a .966 fielding percentage and a 48% caught stealing percentage. Ira Thomas ended his ten-year career having collected 327 hits, 124 runs, 155 RBI and posting a .242 career batting average in 484 games.



Condition Census (Explain)

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 EX-MT 6
2 EX+ 5.5
3 EX 5
3 EX 5
3 EX 5
3 EX 5
3 EX 5
3 EX 5
3 EX 5
3 EX 5

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11/07/2015 $2,032 5.5 10669 Heritage Auctions 2015 November 5 - 7 Sports Collectibles Catalog ... Nov 7, 2015 Auction 14679293
09/14/2008 $1,262 5 193 Memory Lane, Inc. Hot Summer Classic Rarities Auction 90636417
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12/08/2017 $702 5 54 Mile High Card Company December 2017 Auction 18771619
11/26/2006 $252 4 (MK) 12115 Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Sports Auction Nov 26, 2006 Auction 07165037
06/10/2010 $345 3.5 404 Goodwin and Co. Auctions Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXVII Auction 14432788
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