Wednesday, June 1, 2011

T206: Two More

Still working my way through the set....each of the players featured today have two different cards.

Ed "Big Ed" Reulbach The two versions of his card are the glove and no glove cards. Reulbach came to the Cubs from the campus of Notre Dame, where he was a football, basketball, and baseball star. During the Cubs three year NL championship run (1906-08), he was 60-15, leading the league in win percentage each year. His nine season totals with the Cubs were great.....136-65 with a 2.24 ERA. Reulbach was the last person who could claim to be a Cubs world champion; he was the last of the 1908 Cubs to die, passing away in 1961, which coincidentally, is the year I was born. He died five months before I was born, so in my lifetime there has never been a living Chicago Cub world champion. That is very depressing!

Frank "Wildfire" Schulte His two cards are the front and back cards. He has the distinction of being one of only four players in MLB history to post a 20-20-20-20 season (20 doubles, triples, home runs, and stolen bases), accomplished in 1911. In his era, I'm sure the home runs were the hardest part. Today it would be the triples. It took 46 years for the feat to be repeated, by Willie Mays in 1957. It would take another 50 years to see it again, and this time, two players managed the feat. Both Jimmy Rollins and Curtis Granderson went 20-20-20-20 in 2007.

The legend of his nickname states that he admired actress Lillian Russell and saw her perform in a play called "Wildfire." Schulte owned some racehorses and later named one of them "Wildfire." When sportswriters got a hold of the story, they hung the same tag on Schulte.

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