PLAYER: Zack Wheat (HOF, RC)
TEAM: Brooklyn Superbas (Modern Day Dodgers)
BACK: Tolstoi (18/39)
GRADE: SGC 2
A pleasing example of Brooklyn Superbas Hall Of Fame Outfielder Zack Wheat 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).
Zachariah Davis Wheat
Born: May 23, 1888 – Hamilton, MO
Died: March 11, 1972 – Sedalia, MO
Career BA: .317
Brooklyn Superbas/Dodgers/Robins NL (1909–1926)
Philadelphia Athletics NL (1927)
Zack “Buck” Wheat’s iconic career was just beginning when the T206 set was distributed in 1909, but for the next 17 years he was the face of the Dodgers. His sweet and effortless swing from the left side produced a barrage of vicious line drives throughout his career. Wheat finished in the top five in batting in seven seasons from 1913 to 1925. Starting at the age of 32, when the live ball was introduced, he hit .320 or better for 6 straight years, including 2 years (1923, 1924) when he hit .375. During that span, he also quadrupled his career average of 3 home runs a year. Wheat was so adept at hitting a curveball that John McGraw once ordered his pitchers not to throw him one. The Veterans Committee inducted Zack Wheat into the Hall of Fame in 1959.
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