Saturday, February 19, 2011

T206 Cubs: Two More

Here are the next two Cubs from the T206 set.

Rube Kroh was listed in the Bad Boys of Baseball chapter of the T206 book. He earned that distinction because in 1909, despite a 9-4 record, the Cubs benched him for insubordination, mainly due to curfew violations. Later in the season he pitched in an illegal game for a New Jersey team, which violated his contract; the Cubs released him. This bad boy would later become an umpire in the minor leagues.

Johnny Kling was the catcher for the Cubs during their 4 pennant run and he was arguably the best defensive catcher in the National League. The oddity of his career is that he took the 1909 season off; instead of playing baseball he opened a billiards parlor in Kansas City. He would later become owner of the Kansas City Monarchs of the American Association.

And my 2009 Topps card for Johnny Kling. Check out the catchers mitt he's got.

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