By Michael O'Keeffe, Teri Thompson

Only a couple of dozen T206 Wagners are identified to nonetheless exist, having been published in restricted numbers simply after the flip of the 20 th century. such a lot, with their creases and stains, seem like they've been round for almost 100 years. yet one—The Card—appears to have defied the travails of time. Its sharp corners and still-crisp portrait make it the single-most famous—and so much desired—baseball card on the earth, valued this present day at greater than million funds. It has remodeled an easy pastime right into a billion-dollar that's now and then as lawless because the Wild West. every little thing in regards to the Card, which has made males filthy rich in addition to poisoned lifelong relationships, is fraught with controversy—from its doubtful origins to the nagging hazard that it might probably now not be precisely because it seems.

In this fascinating, eye-opening, and groundbreaking examine a uniquely American obsession, award-winning investigative newshounds Michael O'Keeffe and Teri Thompson stick to The Card's path from a Florida flea industry to the arms of the world's so much well known creditors. the cardboard sheds a desirable new gentle on a global of counterfeiters, con males, and the folk who benefit from what was once a hobby for children.

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The evening before this conference, a celebratory dinner was hosted by Dreyfuss during which the owner assured newspaper writers that he was not taking total control of the team. He was only a partner, although it seemed apparent to all in attendance that he would be responsible for major team decisions. 13 Clarke left the celebration early so that he could return to his wife and child in Kansas and attend Sunday evening church services. 14 Former Louisville players like Wagner, Leach, Phillippe, Ritchey and Waddell were expected to mesh nicely with Pittsburgh holdovers Clarence Beaumont, Jimmy Williams, Jack Chesbro (back after Louisville was eliminated), Sam Leever and Jesse Tannehill.

Waddell’s first encounter with his new manager had a lasting effect on Clarke when Rube reported for duty aboard Louisville’s baseball craft. “We were in Washington and I was awakened about 1:30 one morning by a pounding on the door. I opened the door to see a tall, well-set-up chap,” Clarke remembered. “He said: ‘Don’t you know me Fred? I’m Rube, your new pitcher. ’ “I didn’t know whether to fine him right then. But I found myself laughing instead. Maybe it was the ‘Rube’ business. It fitted him.

Louisville ownership needed a manager who could lead the team both in the clubhouse and on the field. Because Rogers was sadly deficient in one of these areas, he was abruptly shown the door. On June 16, 1897, Clarke was named to replace Rogers as manager of the Louisville Colonels. Since Clarke was the best player on the squad by far, it stood to reason that he should be given an opportunity to the lead the charges as its manager. 7 They believed that Stucky, Dreyfuss and Pulliam made the correct decision by naming Clarke to manage Louisville.

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