Monday, March 10, 2014

Vintage Card Of The Month: 1909-11 T206 Davy Jones

This month’s VCoM is from the T206 series, released in packs of tobacco between 1909 and 1911. Davy Jones played 15 season for 6 teams; Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers, Chicago White Sox, Pittsburgh Rebels (Federal League) and then one game back with the Tigers in 1918.  He had a relatively average career, hitting .270 with 1,020 hits. He made it to the World Series with the Tigers in 1907, 1908 and 1909 but they lost in each attempt.

He was involved in two notable plays that put his name in the record books as well as a place in the MLB Hall of Fame. In 1908 while playing in Detroit, he was on Third Base when Germany Schaefer became the first (and only) man to ever steal First Base. His second play happened in 1918 during the final game of the shortened season (due to the Great War). Jones attended the game as a spectator but the Tigers manager Hughie Jennings, a friend of Jones, asked him if he would like to play so Jones tossed on a uniform and jumped in to the outfield where he caught the final out of the game. The ball was sent to the Hall of Fame where it was stored with other “Final out of the season” balls.

The card is in rough shape, the corners are all curled and a couple of creases across the front. It has a Piedmont back, which is stained and aged but still complete.

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