Monday, August 3, 2015

Sweet as Veach

I went and continued my vintage Tiger buying spree.  After purchasing a T205 George Mullin, I snagged a Bobby Veach caramel card.

Veach played for the Tigers from 1912-1923.  He was overshadowed by his fellow Hall of Fame outfielders- Ty Cobb, Sam Crawford and Harry Heilmann- but was quite the ball player himself.  Veach often batted clean up and led the AL in RBIs three times and for the 1919 season he finished atop of the league in hits, doubles and triples.

For the 1915 season, historian Bill James considers Tigers outfield of Veach, Cobb and Crawford as the greatest of all time.  The threesome finished #1, #2 and #3 in the AL in total bases and batting average.
Veach finished his career with 64 HRs and 1169 RBIs with a slash line of .310/.370/.442

As for the card itself it is the 1922 E120 American Caramel series of 240. It is decent shape. but has some paper loss on the back. Still readable. It is cool that you see the Tigers of 1922 listed on back including player/manager Ty Cobb.

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