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"Germany" Schaefer

1915/16 M101-5 Sporting News

Herman A. “Germany” Schaefer

Born: February 4, 1876 - Chicago, IL
Died: May 16, 1919 - Saranac Lake, NY
Batted: RH
Threw: RH
Position: 2B
Career BA: .257

Chicago Cubs NL (February 4, 1876 - May 16, 1919)
Detroit Tigers AL (1905–1909)
Washington Senators AL (1909–1914)
Newark Peppers FL (1915)
New York Yankees AL (player/coach 1916)
Cleveland Indians AL (player/coach 1918)

Herman “Germany” Schaefer is the only player in MLB history who actually stole first base. While trying to beat the White Sox for the Senators on August 4, 1911, Schaefer was on first and Clyde Milan was on third with the winning run in the ninth. They tried a delayed double steal but catcher Fred Payne did not throw to second to get Schaefer. On the next pitch, Schaefer “stole” first, running back to the base to taunt Payne that he was going to steal second again. He did so on the next pitch but got caught before he could reach second base. Milan ran for home but was not in time to score. The practice was outlawed after that. Known for his pranks and showmanship on the field, Schaefer used humor to rattle the opposing team. It is said that a vaudeville act he performed with Tigers teammate Charley O’Leary was the inspiration for MGM’s Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949) with Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra. Although he was battling pulmonary tuberculosis, Schaefer was hired to scout for the Giants in 1919. Unfortunately he passed away soon after while scouting in upstate New York.

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

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 NM-MT 8
2 NM 7
3 EX-MT 6
4 VG-EX 4

Prices By Grade


Grade Most Recent Price Average Price SMR Price Population POP Higher
GEM - MT 10
MINT 9 $915.00
NM - MT 8 $310.00 1
NM 7 $145.00 1 1
EX - MT 6 $90.00 1 2
EX 5 $50.00 3
VG - EX 4 $28.00 1 3
VG 3 $16.00 4
GOOD 2 $10.00 4
FR 1.5 4
PR 1 $5.00 4
Auth 4

Auction Prices Realized

Date Price Grade Lot # Auction House Auction/Seller Type Cert
11/20/2015 $241 8 271 Goodwin and Co. Auctions Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons LXII Auction 02064503
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