On the collection is this government postcard signed by Stuffy McInnis. A fine fielder, McInnis completed his 19-year career with 2,405 hits and a lifetime average above .300. He combined with second baseman Eddie Collins, shortstop Jack Barry, and third baseman Frank “Home Run” Baker to form the Athletics famed “$100,000 infield“.
Baseball historian Bill James rated the 1914 edition of the $100,000 infield the greatest infield of all time, and also ranked the 1912 and 1913 editions in the top five all time. The $100,000 infield helped the Athletics win four AL championships, and three World Series titles in five years.
McInnis retired with a .307 lifetime average in 7,822 at bats. One of the toughest batters in history to strike out, McInnis fanned only nine time in 644 plate appearances in 1921 and only 189 times in his career. He left the game with 2,405 hits and four World Series rings, two in three tires with the A’s, and one each with the Red Sox and Pirates.
For decades McInnis held the big league mark for highest single-season fielding percentage at first base, set in 1921 when he had one error in 1338 innings, .9993%. He also set a record with 1700 consecutive errorless chances between May 31, 1921 and June 2, 1922 , a span of 163 games.