Gavvy Cravath - 1915/16 M101-4 Sporting News

Clifford Carlton “Gavvy” Cravath (1881-1963) tied a league record with four doubles in one game, led the National League six times in homeruns and held the Major League record for career home runs until Babe Ruth broke the record in 1921. From 1908 to 1909, Cravath had more success in the Pacific Coast League and the American Association than he did in the Majors with the Boston Red Sox (1908), the Chicago White Sox (1909) and the Washington Senators (1909). After some seasoning in the minors, he returned to play nine seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies (1912-1920) where he found his powerful batting stroke and an accurate arm from right field. Cravath reportedly killed a seagull (“gaviota” in Spanish) in flight with a batted ball earning the nickname Gavvy, which stuck throughout his career. Gavvy led the National League six times in home runs, twice in RBI, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and total bases and once in runs, hits walks and strikeouts. In 1915, he helped lead the Phillies to the NL pennant, but the lost to the Red Sox in five games. He held of shared the league lead in assists three times while posting a .944 career fielding percentage. Gavvy Cravath ended his 11-year career having batted .287 with 1,134 hits including 119 homeruns, 575 runs scored, 89 stolen bases and 719 RBI.

Condition Census (Explain)

  • Gavvy Cravath
  • Gavvy Cravath Blank Back
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 NM 7
1 NM 7
2 EX-MT 6
3 EX 5
4 VG-EX 4
5 PR 1


Date Price Grade Lot # Auction House Auction/Seller Type Cert
12/29/2016 $129 5 332070182104 eBay primerarities Auction 04424063