Max Carey

Max Carey autograph
Birthdate 1/11/1890
Death Date 5/30/1976
Debut Year 1910
Year of Induction 1961
Teams Dodgers, Pirates
Position Center Field

Max Carey led the National League in stolen bases ten times during his 20-year career. He held the NL career mark until Lou Brock broke it in 1974.

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Ultra rare Max Carnarius signature from 1912 - do others exist?

Ultra rare Max Carnarius signature from 1912 - do others exist?

Born in 1890 to Prussian immigrants, Max Carey’s name at birth was Maximillian George Carnarius. With his parents pushing him to become a minister, Carey graduated from a seminary in Indiana before attending Concordia Seminary in St. Louis in his quest to
Front of the envelope with the

Front of the envelope with the "Carnarius" signature

A look at the postmark on the front of the envelope reveals a mailing date of November 30, 1912 from Carey’s home town of Terre Haute, Indiana. Carey was in his third Major League season with the Pirates by that time. That season Carey recorded 45 stolen bases, good for second in the league. I
Envelope addressed to

Envelope addressed to "Mrs. Max Carey" from 1913

A year after the “Carnarius” envelope was signed, Carey mailed this to his wife. Providing another early example of his signature, the piece is addressed to “Mrs. Max Carey”. The six-page letter that follows was originally housed in this envelope. Carey enjoyed a 20-year career
First two pages of 6-page handwritten letter

First two pages of 6-page handwritten letter

“Shoot it, lost again! Great ball-club we are. We couldn’t beat the St. Louis Feds,” a downcast Carey writes at the start of this letter. “Well, the season will be over and maybe the sooner the better.” An October 6 date appears at the top of the letter and coincides wi
Pages 3 and 4 of 6-page handwritten letter

Pages 3 and 4 of 6-page handwritten letter

As the letter continues, Carey’s tone softens as it turns to personal thoughts with his wife. “Honey, did you get my letters? I thought I wrote every day all except one I think. Maybe it took a couple of them longer to reach you…Oh hon, I wish you were here by my side every
Final two pages of the letter -- Honus Wagner mentioned

Final two pages of the letter -- Honus Wagner mentioned

Almost from the day Max Carey arrived in Pittsburgh in 1910, Pirates star Honus Wagner took him under his wing. Wagner advised Carey to take extra care to keep his legs in shape, believing that speed was the tool with which Carey would
NL President & HoFer Warren Giles invites Max Carey to Cooperstown dinner

NL President & HoFer Warren Giles invites Max Carey to Cooperstown dinner

One of the perks of being National League president is interacting with former players. In this letter dated March 8, 1969 NL boss Warren Giles writes to Max Carey saying in part, “The Commissioner’s Office, the National and American Leagues are jointly entertaining all living members of
Commissioner Kuhn confirms attendance of HoFer Max Carey at Baseball's centennial

Commissioner Kuhn confirms attendance of HoFer Max Carey at Baseball's centennial

Bowie Kuhn became commissioner of baseball in 1969 just in time for the Centennial celebration. In this letter to Hall of Fame outfielder Max Carey, Kuhn acknowledges Carey’s attendance to the event. Kuhn writes that he’s delighted Carey will attend and that the commissioner will reserve

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