PLAYER: Nap Lajoie (HOF)
VARIATION: With bat
TEAM: Cleveland Naps (modern day Indians)
BACK: Polar Bear (30/39)
GRADE: PSA 4 VG/EX (2590-1043)
A sharp example of Cleveland Naps Hall of Fame second baseman and manager Nap Lajoie. The card features the Polar Bear advertising reverse (ranked 30 of 39 in terms of scarcity according to T206 Resource).
Born: September 5, 1874 – Woonsocket, RI
Died: February 7, 1959 – Daytona Beach, FL
Career BA: .338
Managerial Record: 377–309
Philadelphia Phillies NL (1896–1900)
Philadelphia Athletics AL (1901–1902, 1915–1916)
Cleveland Bronchos/Naps AL (1902–1914; player/manager: 1905–1909)
Nap Lajoie, also known as Larry, was a truly great player. He and his rival, Ty Cobb, spent most of baseball’s early years vying for the title of the game’s greatest player. A slick-fielding second baseman and tremendous hitter, Lajoie won three batting titles, had 3,242 hits, and won the American League Triple Crown in 1901. That year he also batted an astounding .426, and he batted over .300 more than 15 times during his great career. As a testament to his great play, when he played for Cleveland, they renamed the team the Naps. Nap Lajoie was respected and loved by fans. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1937.
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