Sam Crawford

Sam Crawford autograph
Birthdate 4/18/1880
Death Date 6/15/1968
Debut Year 1899
Year of Induction 1957
Teams Reds, Tigers
Positions Center Field, Right Field

Sam Crawford’s debut was a double header against two different teams. He’s the only member of the Hall of Fame to face two squads in his debut.

In the collection:

Envelope with return address portion signed by Sam Crawford

Envelope with return address portion signed by Sam Crawford

Longtime autograph collector Jim Taylor received correspondence from many of the game’s greatest stars. His son Jeff had boundless enthusiasm for his father’s collection and spurred others to collect as well. Shown here is an envelope
Page one of two-page letter written by Crawford

Page one of two-page letter written by Crawford

In page one of this letter Hall of Fame outfielder Sam Crawford writes about what it takes to make it as a pitcher. “Control is the first thing. All great pitchers had control and were continually working at it…When he can curve the ball over at 3-2 then he will be a pitcher.” Craw
Page two of two-page letter written by Crawford

Page two of two-page letter written by Crawford

Baseball’s career leader in three-base hits, Sam Crawford tallied 2,961 career hits to go with 458 doubles and 309 triples. He played 15 of his 19 big league seasons for the Detroit Tigers. At the bottom of the second page shown here, Crawford signs “Mary and Wahoo”
Postcard written by Sam Crawford

Postcard written by Sam Crawford

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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