PLAYER: Frank Smith
VARIATION: Chicago and Boston
TEAM: Chicago White Sox
BACK: Cycle 460 (Ranked 17/39)
GRADE: PSA 5 EX – (1953-3215)
A striking example of Chicago White Sox Pitcher Frank Smith. The card features the Cycle 460 advertising reverse (Ranked 17 of 39 in terms of scarcity according to T206 Resource).
The Frank Smith “Chicago and Boston” is typically a popular card within the T206 set, however when factoring in the Cycle 460 advertising reverse as well as the very pleasing eye appeal that the card possesses, this little beauty quickly becomes a very exciting front and back combination.
Frank Elmer Smith
Born: October 28, 1879 - Pittsburgh, PA
Died: November 3, 1952 - Pittsburgh, PA
MLB Pitching Record: 139–111
Chicago White Sox AL (1904–1910)
Boston Red Sox AL (1910–1911)
Cincinnati Reds NL (1911–1912)
Baltimore Terrapins FL (1914–1915)
Brooklyn Tip-Tops FL (1915)
Frank “Piano Mover” Smith boasted that he could carry a baby grand piano up four flights without resting, and he should know since he was the son of a furniture mover. He worked for his father every off-season, bulking up his 5-foot 11-inch, 195-pound frame and making himself a power pitching force. Smith threw 2 no-hitters for the White Sox between 1904 and 1909, the only pitcher in franchise history to do so, but his drinking led to a notable feud with White Sox owner Charles Comiskey in 1908. He sat out over a month before returning at the end of July to win 11 games and throw his second no-hitter. That streak helped the White Sox in the pennant race until the final day of the season. In 1909 he put together a 25–17 record while leading the American League in games played, games started, and complete games. Smith retired to the family moving business in 1916 after two seasons in the Federal League.
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