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John McGraw
(b. April 7, 1873 - d. February 25, 1934)
As third baseman for Baltimore in the 1890s, McGraw was talented enough to make the Hall on his merits as a player. As the Giants manager from 1902 to 1932, he dominated baseball during its "scientific era", and successfully made the transition to the power game of the 1920s. Despite capturing 10 pennants, the "Little Napoleon" won the World Series only three times. A manager for 33 years, McGraw racked up 2,784 victories in 4,801 games, both second on the all-time list to Connie Mack.
Inducted in 1937
1911 T205 Cycle John McGraw SGC 80 EX/NM
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Comments: I've always had this HOF manager represented by the 1911 T205 issue. My first example, a PSA 3, was replaced with a PSA 4 upgrade in April, 2002. In March, 2005 I upgraded to a PSA 5 with a Sweet Caporal back. A couple months later I was ecstatic to purchase this gorgeous SGC 80 example with a tougher Cycle reverse from SC Gaynor Auctions, Inc on eBay.
Card Details Below:  
Year(s): 1911
ACC Set Designation: T205
Set Name: Cycle Cigarettes
Country: United States
Description: Taking their hobby nickname from their gold-leaf borders, these cards were issued in a number of different cigarette brands. The cards nominally measure 1-7/16" X 2-5/8" although many cards, even though untrimmed or unaltered, measure somewhat less than those dimensions in length and/or width. American League cards feature a color lithograph of the player inside a stylizedd baseball diamond. National League cards have head and shoulder portraits and a plain background, plus the first-ever use of a facsimile autograph in a major card set. The 12 minor league players in the set feature three-quarter length portraits or action pictures in an elaborate frame of columns and other devices. Card backs of the major leaguers carry the player's full name (another first) and statistics. Card backs of the minor leaguers lack the statistics. The condition of the fragile gold leaf on the borders is an important grading consideration.