PLAYER: Fred Tenney
TEAM: New York Giants
BACK: Sweet Caporal 350 factory 25 (37/39)
GRADE: PSA 6 EX/MT (3180-1049)
A high end example of New York Giants first baseman Fred Tenney featuring the Sweet Caporal 350 factory 25 advertising reverse (ranked 37 of 39 in terms of scarcity according to T206 Resource).
Born: November 26, 1871 – Georgetown, MA
Died: July 3, 1952 – Boston, MA
Career BA: .294
Managerial Record: 202–402
Boston Beaneaters/Doves/Rustlers NL (1894–1904; player/manager: 1905–1907, 1911)
New York Giants NL (1908–1909)
Fred Tenney started his notable career as a left-handed catcher, but soon became an innovator at first base for Boston. He pioneered the modern style of playing off first base, stretching for throws to help infielders beat close plays. He also originated the 3-6-3 double play. On the night of his senior dinner at Brown University, “The Soiled Collegian” got a frantic phone call from the Beaneaters looking for a fill-in catcher. After little sleep and a long train ride, Tenney made his MLB debut the next day, and finished the game despite fracturing a finger in the fifth inning. He topped .300 seven times in his first ten seasons. After an unsuccessful run as Boston’s player/manager (202–402), Tenney went on to become a regular baseball correspondent for the New York Times, writing preseason previews and covering the World Series.
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