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    Posted 5 years ago

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    Good morning everyone,
    As much as I enjoy collecting older hockey cards, being a Canadian boy from the Canadian prairies hockey was all we played when we were growing up so collecting hockey cards was natural for us.

    Then one day I came across some T206 baseball cards from 1909-1911 and have become fond of their colorful history. The photos above are of Charles Albert Chief Bender who was a pitcher for the Philadelphia Athletics (1903–1914) and future HOF.

    This card is of Albert Bender pitching without trees in the background. There is another card with the same pose of him which includes trees in the back ground. From what I have read there appears to be a little less of the no tree cards to be found.

    Here is a brief history of Charles Albert Bender. ( Wikipedia )

    Charles Albert "Chief" Bender (May 5, 1884 – May 22, 1954) was a pitcher in Major League Baseball during the first two decades of the 20th century. In 1911, Bender tied a record by pitching three complete games in a single World Series. He finished his career with a win-loss record of 212-127, for a .625 winning percentage and a career 2.46 earned run average (ERA).

    After his major league playing career, Bender filled multiple baseball roles, including service as a major league coach, minor league manager and player-manager, college manager and professional scout. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1953 and he died not long before his induction ceremony the following year.

    Bender debuted in the major leagues in 1903. He is one of only a few pitchers in the 20th century to throw 200 or more innings at the age of 19. His walks per nine innings rate was 2.17; only a few pitchers since 1893 have had a rate below 2.2 at the age of 20 or younger. That year he also won a game against Cy Young and even met his future wife Marie.


    In 1911 he led the AL in winning percentage again (.773), going 17-5 with a 2.16 ERA as the A's won their second consecutive AL pennant, going 101-50 and finishing 13 1/2 games ahead of the Detroit Tigers. In a rematch of the 1905 World Series, the Athletics got their revenge, defeating the New York Giants and becoming the first American League to win back-to-back World Series (the Chicago Cubs from the NL had won back-to-back titles in 1907 and 1908). After losing the opener 2-1 to Christy Mathewson, though pitching a complete game, giving up just 5 hits and 2 runs (1 earned run) and striking out 11, he returned in game 4, beating the Giants 4-2 on a complete game 7-hitter, and closed out the Series in game 6 with a 13-2 A's victory. Bender again went the distance (his 3rd complete game of the series), a 4-hit performance which he gave up no earned runs (the two Giants runs were unearned). He went 2-1, with 1.04 ERA and 3 complete games in the series.
    This card is not an original it is a reprint. This is good to know and helps to do research before buying old sports cards as there are many copies and forgeries being sold as originals.

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    1. jscott0363 jscott0363, 5 years ago
      Nice one Roddy!! These tobacco cards and silks are something I never knew existed until you and other Canadian CW friends started posting them. I guess we never had these in the states. They're really very cool!
    2. roddyq roddyq, 5 years ago
      Hi Scotty,
      The T206 baseball tobacco cards would have been available in both American and Canadian cigarette packs as the tobacco companies on both sides of the border saw the potential to sell more product. The silks that fellow CW patron Roy posted were all of Canadian regiment soldiers so they may have been produced only in Canada.
      Collecting both food and tobacco premiums is a very big area as you say sometimes certain cards, plastic coins, felts, silks etc. were only produced in Canada and others only in America. Makes it interesting when trying to complete sets:))
    3. roddyq roddyq, 5 years ago
      Thank you Scotty I always appreciate your comment my friend:))
    4. roddyq roddyq, 5 years ago
      beyemvey, SEAN68, Michael, blunderbuss2, Roy, Scotty, vetraio50, Thomas, Manikin, fortapache and miederman for the loves and stopping by.
    5. Wandlessfairy Wandlessfairy, 5 years ago
      Great info. Sadly lost on me, being a Brit, but knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information about it. CW in a nutshell x
    6. Rick55 Rick55, 5 years ago
      Another fantastic card from the T-206 set Roddy! I love reading the history of these early, unheard players - at least unheard of to me.
    7. roddyq roddyq, 5 years ago
      You have cricket and polo Wandelessfairy I don't know much about these sports as baseball, basketball, football and hockey dominate the North American market and are fun to write about especially the early days so much history. Thank you for your very nice comment:))
    8. roddyq roddyq, 5 years ago
      These pioneers are unfamilar to many modern sports collectors Rick me included. I enjoy to read the colorful history of the T206 baseball card players when sports was still developing and growing to where it is today. I hope one day to find a few of the very early hockey cards in my travels:)
      Thank you so much for your fine comments always much appreciated.

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