PLAYER: Al Bridwell
VARIATION: Portrait, With Cap
TEAM: New York Giants
BACK: Black Lenox (8/39)
GRADE: PSA 2 G (1462-8467)
A pleasing example of New York Giants shortstop Al Bridwell. The card features the Black Lenox advertising reverse (ranked 8 of 39 in terms of scarcity according to T206 Resource).
Albert Henry Bridwell
Born: January 4, 1884 – Friendship, OH
Died: January 23, 1969 – Portsmouth, OH
Career BA: .255
Cincinnati Reds NL (1905)
Boston Beaneaters/Doves/Rustlers/Braves NL (1906–1907, 1911–1912)
New York Giants NL (1908–1911)
Chicago Cubs NL (1913)
St. Louis Terriers FL (1914–1915)
Al Bridwell was a steady player who could do a little bit of everything. In 1907 Bridwell led all shortstops with a .942 fielding percentage, and in 1911 he had the least strikeouts per at bat (18 K’s). His best offensive year was 1909, when he batted .294 with 140 hits, 55 RBI, and 67 stolen bases. Bridwell’s claim to fame is that on September 23, 1908, he hit the single off pitcher Jack Pfiester that started the play that became known as “Merkle’s Boner.” After two seasons in the renegade Federal League, he moved to the Southern Association to play for the Atlanta Crackers. He was player/manager of the Texas League’s Houston Buffaloes in 1919, and then managed the Rocky Mount Tar Heels in the Virginia League in 1920 and the Spartanburg Pioneers in the South Atlantic League in 1921. He retired when he was 37 years old.
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