PLAYER: Matty McIntyre
TEAM: Detroit Tigers
BACK: Piedmont 350 (Ranked 39/39)
GRADE: SGC 4 VG/EX – (127) 7138-378
An attractive example of Detroit Tigers Outfielder Matty McIntyre. The card features the Piedmont 350 advertising reverse (ranked 39 of 39 in terms of scarcity according to T206 Resource).
Matthew Martin McIntyre
Born: June 12, 1880 – Stonington, CT
Died: April 2, 1920 – Detroit, MI
Career BA: .269
Philadelphia Athletics AL (1901)
Detroit Tigers AL (1904–1910)
Chicago White Sox AL (1911–1912)
For over 500 games, Matty McIntyre was the left field complement to the Tigers’ famed outfield pairing of Ty Cobb and Sam Crawford. As the Tigers’ leadoff hitter, he scored 412 runs in 7 years, mostly in front of Cobb and Crawford. Many considered McIntyre the most valuable Tigers player during the team’s three consecutive pennant-winning seasons. He battled with Ty Cobb throughout their tour together, and battled with Tigers’ management as well, until he was finally sold to the White Sox in 1910. Although he was still hampered by a severely broken ankle suffered in 1907 and a 1909 bout of appendicitis, McIntyre became a popular player in Chicago, hitting .323 in 569 at bats, with 52 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 1911. After collecting only 84 at bats in 1912, his MLB career came to an end. He played in the minors through 1917, finishing up as player/manager of the Mobile Sea Gulls in the Southern Association. McIntyre died of Bright’s disease (nephritis) in 1920 at age 39.
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