Babe Adams - 1915/16 M101-4 Sporting News

Charles Benjamin “Babe” Adams (1882-1968) pitched virtually his 19-year entire career with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1907, 1909-1916, 1918-1926) and remains among the franchise leaders in career victories by a right-hander (194) and shutouts (47). In 1909, Adams was a 27-year old rookie who pitched to a 12-3 record during the regular season, helping the Pirates win the National League pennant then topple the highly favored Detroit Tigers for the franchises first World Series title. Babe Adams starred in the Series as he pitched three complete game victories including the pivotal Game 7, thus becoming the first rookie to start and win Game 7. He would also be a member of the 1925 world champion Pirates. Hurling with pinpoint control, Adams’ 1.29 walks per nine innings pitched ration is the second lowest in the 20th century. In 1914, Babe Adams threw an entire 21-inning game allowing only a single walk. In 1920, Adams threw 263 innings allowing only 18 walks. He led the National League four consecutive years in strikeout-to-walk ratio and walks per nine innings (1919-1922) due to his extraordinary command. Babe Adams retired posting a record of 194-140 with 1,036 strikeouts, 430 walks in 2995.1 innings pitched and a career 2.76 ERA.

Condition Census (Explain)

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Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 NM-MT 8
2 EX 5
3 VG-EX 4
4 VG 3
5 GOOD 2


Date Price Grade Lot # Auction House Auction/Seller Type Cert
07/21/2018 $19 2 142870897996 eBay jik444 Auction 31609942