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Lot # 714 (of 1743)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1915 Joe McGinnity Real-Photo Postcard

Starting Bid - $100, Sold For - $588

One of the most interesting aspects of "Iron Man" Joe McGinnity's career is the fact that he spent more years in the minor leagues than he did in the Majors. In fact, he may be the only Hall of Famer for which that can be said. McGinnity's Major League career was brief, but spectacular. In just ten seasons (1899-1908), McGinnity won an incredible 246 games and led his respective league in wins five times. After winning only eleven games in 1908 McGinnity left the Majors and began a long minor-league managerial career. He did not, however, give up pitching. In the ensuing thirteen seasons McGinnity won another 216 games, including six seasons of twenty or more wins. Offered here is an exceedingly rare real-photo postcard, displaying exceptional clarity, capturing McGinnity during his minor-league days as player/manager of the Tacoma Tigers of the Northwestern League. McGinnity is pictured in uniform shaking hands with another former Major League pitcher, Bob Wicker, of the Spokane Indians. Both players are identified in print (last name only) along the base. Although undated, research indicates that this photo dates to the 1915 season. McGinnity finished the 1915 season with a record of 21-15 while recording a 1.75 ERA. This high-quality real-photo postcard is a fascinating (and possibly unique) rarity and it is also one of the few images we have ever seen of McGinnity dating to his later minor-league days. The postcard (5.5 x 3.5 inches) has not been postally used, but there is a lengthy pencil notation on the reverse recording biographical information on both McGinnity and Wicker; otherwise in Excellent condition overall. From the Ron Menchine Collection. Reserve $100. Estimate $200/$300. SOLD FOR $588

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