PLAYER: Jack Chesbro (HOF)
TEAM: New York Highlanders (modern day Yankees)
BACK: El Principe De Gales (20/39)
GRADE: SGC 5 EX (136) 1777-071
A stellar example of Hall of Fame pitcher Jack Chesbro. The card features the El Principe De Gales advertising reverse (ranked 20/39 in terms of scarcity according to T206 Resource).
This particular example comes from the find known as the “Portland Maine Trove”.
John Dwight Chesbro
Born: June 5, 1874 – North Adams, MA
Died: November 6, 1931 – Conway, MA
MLB Pitching Record: 198–132
Career ERA: 2.68
Pittsburgh Pirates NL (1899–1902)
New York Highlanders AL (1903–1909)
Boston Red Sox AL (1909)
“Happy Jack” Chesbro was a master of the spitball. A fierce competitor, his 41 wins in 1904 along with his 1.82 ERA will probably never be duplicated. That season is considered by many to be the single-greatest season for a pitcher in MLB baseball history. (Some Cy Young fans may take exception.) He won 20 or more games on five different occasions, and won 19 in 1905. Chesbro pitched on two National League pennant-winning teams in 1901 and 1902, and led the American League in wins in 1902 and 1904. He also led the league with 6 shutouts in 1901 and 8 in 1902. The Veteran’s Committee elected Jack Chesbro to the Hall of Fame in 1946.
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