Tris Speaker - 1933 Goudey

Tristram E. “Tris” Speaker (1888-1958) taught himself to throw left-handed as a teenager after suffering two broken right arms growing up and went on to become a pitcher and the captain of his high school baseball team. However, Speaker’s time on the mound was short-lived. In 1906, he pleaded with numerous Major League clubs to give him a tryout, including two pleads to New York Giants manager John McGraw who snubbed the talented lefty. The Cleburne Railraiders of the Texas League took a chance and after dismal starts pitching in which he lost six straight games, moved Tris to the centerfield where he remained for his entire career. The Boston Americans (later the Red Sox) purchased Speaker’s contract in 1907 and he became the regular centerfielder in 1909. Though his hitting took a couple years to become Hall of Fame caliber, Tris’ fielding what tremendous and with the help of future Hall of Fame pitcher Cy Young continued to improve. Young helped Speaker develop his fielding skills by hitting fly balls to the young centerfielder, “sharpening his abilities to judge… the direction and distance of an outfield ball.” Notorious for playing very shallow in center, Speaker “learned early that I could save more games by cutting off some of those singles tan I would lose by having an occasional extra-base hit go over my head.” His philosophy paid off in spades as he led all American League centerfielders in putouts five times and double plays four times. He also set the American League record of 35 assists for a centerfielder in 1916, a feat he repeated in 1919 and eventually surpassed in 1923 with 26. In Boston, he was part of the “Million-Dollar Outfield” playing alongside Harry Hooper and Duffy Lewis. “Spoke,” a play on his last name, helped the Red Sox win the 1912 and 1915 World Series against the New York Giants and Philadelphia Phillies, respectively. In 1912, he had he best year in Boston when he led the AL in doubles (53), home runs (10), and on-base percentage while batting .383 (third in the AL) to earn the coveted Chalmers Award – presented to the league’s most valuable player. However, after nine seasons in Boston (1907-1915), the beloved Tris and Red Sox management were unable to agree on his salary, to which he held out and was eventually traded to the Cleveland Indians.

Tris stormed into Cleveland as he had a career year leading the American League in hits (211), doubles (41), batting average (.386), on-base (.470) and slugging (.502) percentages. Speaker actually led the AL eight times in doubles and on-base percentage four times. His 792 doubles tops the all-time list, nearly fifty more than second place held by Pete Rose with 746. He played 11 years in Cleveland (1916-1926) and in 1919 he replaced manager Lee Fohl as manager, serving as player/manager for the remainder of his time the Sixth City. In 1920, the Grey Eagle, another familiar nickname, led the Tribe to the franchise’s first American League pennant before they toppled the Brooklyn Dodgers in the World Series in seven games. Managing the Indians, Speaker compiled a record of 617-520 in 1,139 games He played one year each with the Washington Senators (1927) and the Philadelphia Athletics (1928) to wrap up his playing days. Over 22 seasons, Tris Speaker had 3,514 hits including 792 doubles, 1,882 runs, 436 stolen bases and 1,531 RBI while batting .345 in nearly 2,800 games. Speaker holds the record for assists by an outfielder with 450, collected 6,935 putouts, was involved in 163 double plays and capped his career with a .971 fielding percentage. Tris was not only a feared hitter, but possessed a glove “where triples go to die.” Tris Speaker won three World Series in 1912, 1915 and 1920. Tristram Speaker was one of eight players elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1937 and his plaque reads “greatest centrefielder of his day.”



Condition Census (Explain)

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MINT 9
2 NM-MT 8 (18)

AUCTION PRICES REALIZED

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04/24/2009 $2,271 8 81139 Heritage Auctions 2009 April Signature Vintage Sports Memorabilia ... Apr 24, 2009 Auction 07002130
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