Josh Devore - 1915/16 M101-4 Sporting News

Joshua M. Devore (1887-1954) roamed the outfield for seven years in the Major League s with four different teams, but spent the bulk of his time under the management of Hall of Fame manager John McGraw. The New York Giants signed Josh in 1908 and he became an everyday outfielder two years later in 1910. Coincidentally, that was also his best season offensively as he hit .304 with 149 hits including ten triples, scored 92 runs stole 43 bases and drove in 27 runs. Devore was a master at getting on base either via the bunt, a walk or a slap single and had a .361 career on-base average. Once on base, his next move was to steal. On June 20, 1912, Josh stole four bases in one inning against the Boston Braves. The speedy outfielder reached base twice in the ninth inning and proceeded to steal second and third each time. In 1911, Josh sole a career-high 61 bases as he and his outfield mate Fred Snodgrass and Red Murray stole 160 of the Giants 347 bases as they led New York to their first of two straight National League pennants. Despite playing for a successful Giants team for six seasons (1908-1913), then the Cincinnati Reds (1913) and the Philadelphia Phillies (1913-1914), Devore won his only World Series with the Boston Braves in 1914. Boston acquired the “Seelyville Speed Demon” and he helped complete the “Miracle Braves” team that defeated the favored Philadelphia Athletics to win the franchise’s first ever Major League title. His last appearance came as a pinch-hitter in Game 3 of the 1914 World Series and Josh Devore retired with 520 hits, 331 runs, 160 stolen bases, 149 RBI and a .277 career batting average.

Condition Census (Explain)

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Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 NM-MT 8
2 NM 7
2 NM 7
3 EX 5
4 VG-EX 4
4 VG-EX 4


Date Price Grade Lot # Auction House Auction/Seller Type Cert
11/19/2016 $406 8 50397 Heritage Auctions 2016 November 17 - 19 Sports Collectibles Catalo... Nov 19, 2016 Auction 07088272