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    Posted 5 years ago

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    One of my favorite collectibles is food or tobacco sports and non sports cards or plastic coins. Being from the prairie provinces of Canada hockey and non sport premiums were always plentiful with very little old baseball cards to be found. When I came across this baseball card and saw that it was a tobacco premium it was added to my collection. It wasn't until some time later I found out some information about the 1909-1911 T206 baseball cards that I decided to read up on the history of this famous baseball card set and about the card I had of Rube Waddell. Here is a short history of Rube Waddell:

    George Edward "Rube" Waddell (October 13, 1876 – April 1, 1914) was an American southpaw pitcher in Major League Baseball (MLB). In a career spanning 13 years, he played for the Louisville Colonels (1897, 1899), Pittsburgh Pirates (1900–01) and Chicago Orphans (1901) in the National League, and the Philadelphia Athletics (1902–07) and St. Louis Browns (1908–10) in the American League. Born in Bradford, Pennsylvania, Waddell was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1946.

    Waddell was a remarkably dominant strikeout pitcher in an era when batters mostly slapped at the ball to get singles. He had an excellent fastball, a sharp-breaking curve, a screwball, and superb control (his strikeout-to-walk ratio was almost 3-to-1). He led the major leagues in strikeouts for six consecutive years.

    Rube Waddell never lived to see his 38th birthday as he got very sick doing something he had done more then once over his short life, helping people in their time of need. In 1911 when a small Kentucky town was flooding Rube stood in icy waters for hours stacking sand bags for the levee.
    As a result, he contracted a severe case of pneumonia. His system weakened, Waddell soon became a victim of tuberculosis. He pitched one more season for Minneapolis and a part of another with two teams in the Northern League but by November of 1913 his health had reached the critical stag.
    Connie Mack was Rube Waddell's General manager for the longest of Rube's pitching career and when Rube was in the hospital it was Connie Mack who advised the hospital staff to give Rube Waddell the best care possible no matter what the cost.
    There is much information written about Rube Waddell not only about his feats in baseball also his colorful life away from the field. Rube was a crowd pleaser who when scheduled to pitch would usually more then double ticket sales.
    Rube Waddell's name will continue to live on with other legendary baseball hall of famers for years to come.

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    1. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
      Nice T206 card!

    2. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Nice one Roddy!! Awesome story behind the card and Mr. Waddell!!
    3. roddyq roddyq, 5 years ago
      Thank you scottvez. I really like the Rube Waddell card there is so much history on the T206 monster set.
    4. roddyq roddyq, 5 years ago
      Thanks Scott:) I was surprised when I started reading about the T206 set and found out how difficult well next to impossible it is to complete. The story on Rube Waddell is so interesting and to think I picked up his card because it was a tobacco premium.
    5. rniederman rniederman, 5 years ago
      Welcome to the fascinating world of T206 collecting. It's very addicting. My son is an avid T206 collector and, in particular, looks for HOF auto cards. Of course, the most valuable is Honus Wagner:

      Otherwise, I have a couple early tobacco cards posted that you might find interesting:
    6. roddyq roddyq, 5 years ago
      Thank you for your nice comment rniderman and sharing your links. Great write ups. I have a couple of more HOF T206 to post soon both pitchers.
    7. Caperkid, 5 years ago
      Love tobbacco cards Got a few sets. Looks to be in great shape.
    8. roddyq roddyq, 5 years ago
      Thank you Roy for it's age it has managed to survive all these years:)
    9. SEAN68 SEAN68, 5 years ago
      very very cool!!
    10. roddyq roddyq, 5 years ago
      Thank you so much Sean. It is my favorite baseball card for sure:))
    11. Rick55 Rick55, 5 years ago
      Great card Roddy! I would love to have even one card from the T206 set... lucky you.
    12. roddyq roddyq, 5 years ago
      Rube Waddell is my favorite baseball card for sure Rick I only have a small amount. Always collected hockey!! It holds a special place in my collection Rube Waddell was such a colorful character on and off the field.
    13. Trey Trey, 5 years ago
      Another great post :)
    14. roddyq roddyq, 5 years ago
      Thanks Trey, Rube Waddell was special indeed:)

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