Bobby Veach played alongside Ty Cobb and Sam Crawford for six seasons. With Cobb in center flanked by Veach in left and Crawford in right, the trio formed one of baseball’s best outfields.
Though Veach was an outstanding player, he was often overshadowed by his Cooperstown contemporaries. While the three were teammates from 1912-1917, Veach topped the .300 mark three times, led the league in runs batted in twice, and doubles once. He hit .299 with a .369 on-base percentage and an OPS+ of 132.
Though the period coincided with the end of Crawford’s career he still put up impressive marks. While roaming the Detroit outfield with Veach, Crawford hit .305 with a .367 on-base mark and a 141 OPS+.
For his career Veach put up numbers worthy of Cooperstown consideration: a .310 lifetime average, .370 on-base percentage, 2,063 hits, 2,942 total bases and a 127 OPS+. As good as those stats are, they pale in comparison to Crawfords’ 2,961 hits, 144 OPS+, and 4,328 total bases. Crawford also recorded a still-standing MLB-record 309 triples.
Shown here is a correspondence between Crawford and longtime collector Jim Taylor of La Canada, California. Taylor kept in contact with Crawford and often drove up the California coast to visit with the Hall of Famer.
On the back of this postcard, Sam Crawford again writes to friend and autograph collector Jim Taylor. “Dear friends, a card to send greetings. Very fine weather here and no rain in sight. We hope the Taylor’s are all O.K. With all good wishes, Mary and Wahoo.”
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