Bill Dahlen

Bill Dahlen
Birthdate 1/5/1870
Death Date 12/5/1950
Debut Year 1891
Year of Induction
Teams Braves, Cubs, Dodgers, Giants
Positions Shortstop, Third Base

The Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) selected Bill Dahlen as their Most Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legend for 2012.

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In the collection:

Bill Dahlen identifies Honus Wagner and Ty Cobb as the greatest players in MLB history

Bill Dahlen identifies Honus Wagner and Ty Cobb as the greatest players in MLB history

“Bad Bill” Dahlen played from 1891-1911 and retired as baseball’s all-time leader in games played. He also ranked in the top ten in most offensive categories. In the collection is this autograph of Dahlen. It is one of the finest known of examples of this exceeding rare signature.
Hall of Fame pitcher Stan Coveleski concurs; Ty Cobb is the greatest ever

Hall of Fame pitcher Stan Coveleski concurs; Ty Cobb is the greatest ever

Hall of Fame pitcher Stan Coveleski faced twelve-time batting champ Ty Cobb in 114 plate appearances. Though Cobb peppered him for a .355 average, Coveleski actually held the Georgia Peach 12 points below his career average. In the collection is this letter on The Sporting News letterhead. Coveleski
The National League Service Bureau responds to a collector seeking Bill Dahlen's address

The National League Service Bureau responds to a collector seeking Bill Dahlen's address

A star of 19th-century baseball, Bill Dahlen ranks among the greatest shortstops the game has ever known. Of the 25 Hall of Fame players from the position, only six rank higher the Dahlen in Wins Above Replacement (WAR). Born five years after the conclusion of the US Civil War, Dahlen’s signat
Bill Dahlen called Honus Wagner & Ty Cobb the greatest players ever; here's Wagner's autograph

Bill Dahlen called Honus Wagner & Ty Cobb the greatest players ever; here's Wagner's autograph

When asked to identify the the greatest ball player of all time Bill Dahlen chose Honus Wagner and Ty Cobb as shown in the previous image. In the collection and depicted above is Wagner’s signature. Imagine having a lifetime pass to any game in the National League. That’s what NL President
Bill Dahlen called Honus Wagner & Ty Cobb the greatest players ever; here's Cobb's autograph

Bill Dahlen called Honus Wagner & Ty Cobb the greatest players ever; here's Cobb's autograph

The Sporting News sent questionnaires to former big league stars asking them to identify the greatest ball players ever. When 19th century star Bill Dahlen was asked, he chose Honus Wagner and Ty Cobb. Shown above is the signature of the Tigers great. In the mid 1980’s Cobb’s granddaughter
Here is the lifetime pass from 1935 issued to Hall of Fame pitcher Stan Coveleski

Here is the lifetime pass from 1935 issued to Hall of Fame pitcher Stan Coveleski

Stan Coveleski pitched in 14 big league campaigns from 1912-1928. In his first 10 full seasons, Coveleski won 192 games and posted five 20-win seasons. His best years came with the Indians. His nine seasons in Cleveland include the Tribe’s first World Championship season in 1920. In that year&

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