Chief Bender (HOF) “Pitching; No Trees In Background” – Tolstoi (SGC 2.5)


PLAYER: Chief Bender (HOF)

VARIATION: Pitching; No Trees In Background

TEAM: Philadelphia Athletics

LEAGUE: American

BACK: Tolstoi (Ranked 18/39)




A pleasing example of Philadelphia Athletics Hall of Fame Pitcher “Chief” Bender featuring the Tolstoi advertising reverse (ranked 18 of 39 in terms of scarcity according to T206 Resource).

The offered example comes from a tremendous find of cards discovered within a fishing tackle and lure box in Minnesota. This find was highlighted by an amazing selection of extremely rare Drum backs featuring Hall Of Famer’s Tris Speaker and Miller Huggins (portrait variation).


Charles Albert Bender

Born: May 5, 1884 – Crow Wing County, MN

Died: May 22, 1954 – Philadelphia, PA

Batted: RH

Threw: RH

Position: P

MLB Pitching Record: 212–127

ERA: 2.46


Philadelphia Athletics AL (1903–1914)

Baltimore Terrapins FL (1915)

Philadelphia Phillies NL (1916–1917)

Chicago White Sox AL (1925)

Described as one of the kindest, most honorable men ever to play the game, Hall of Famer Charles “Chief” Bender overcame discrimination to become one of the best pitchers of his time. A member of the Ojibwa tribe, he handled racial taunts with dignity and grace. Bender won 6 games in five World Series, and pitched 3 complete games in one of them. He won 20 or more games twice, pitched a no-hitter in 1910, and led the American League in winning percentage three times. Bender made an appearance for the White Sox in 1925, then managed in the minors, was head coach for the U.S. Naval Academy, and scouted for the A’s until 1954. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1953.

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