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Gavvy Cravath

1915/16 M101-5 Sporting News

Clifford Carlton “Gavvy” Cravath

Born: March 23, 1881 - Escondido, CA
Died: May 23, 1963 - Laguna Beach, CA
Batted: RH
Threw: RH
Position: OF
Career BA: .287
Managerial Record: 91–137

Boston Red Sox AL (1908)
Chicago White Sox AL (1909)
Washington Senators AL (1909)
Philadelphia Phillies NL (1912–1918; player/manager: 1919–1920)

Clifford “Gavvy” or “Cactus” Cravath was one of the premier power hitters of the dead-ball era. He spent a good portion of his career in the minors, going up to the majors for brief stints with the Red Sox, the White Sox, and the Senators, and then back down to the Minneapolis Millers of the American Association, as pictured on his T206 card. At age 31, Cravath joined the Phillies and went on to lead the National League in homers six times. In 1915 he hit an amazing 24 round-trippers. His best year, however, was 1913, when he batted .341 and had 19 homers, 179 hits, and 128 RBI. At one time or another he led the league in on-base percentage, slugging percentage, hits, home runs, walks, and total bases. Cravath was player/manager of the Phillies in 1919 and 1920. He then returned to the minors for 2 years before becoming a coach for the Phillies.

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

– Tom and Ellen Zappala, The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball's Prized Players. For more information on their book and/or to order a copy at a special PSA discount, visit http://crackerjackplayers.com/PSA_order.html

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 NM 7
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 NM-MT 8
1 NM-MT 8
1 NM-MT 8
2 EX-MT 6
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