My Collection of Players Associated with Quirky Trivia

by Vvvergeer - 18 cards (Last updated on Apr 27, 2023)

1. 1912 Hassan Triple Folders T202 #NNO Evers Makes a Safe Slide (Jimmy Archer / Ed Reulbach)

A two for one.
Jimmy Archer fell into a vat of boiling sap when he was 19. Somehow, healing from the burns tightened his arm muscles. So he became one of best throwing catchers in history.
Ed Reulbach, who might belong in the Hall of Fame, is the only pitcher in history to throw two shutouts in one day.
I love this card. Graded because I fear forgeries. My highest graded card at PSA 4.

2. 1933 Goudey (R319) #67 Guy Bush

Gave up Babe Ruth's last homerun.
(Also walked more than he struck out over his career, but that's not unique)
Didn't learn the Ruth trivia until I got the card home. My only Goudey at the moment.

3. 1912 American Tobacco Company Brown Background (T207) #NNO King Cole

Well, I got him to work on my Cubs T207 collection, but I always discover great stuff, like that this guy threw the first no-hitter in Cubs history (seven innings, so it wouldn't count anymore, but still...) AND gave up Babe Ruth's first hit, a double. (Just need the guy who gave up Ruth's first homer, and I'll have a nice little trio with Guy Bush, above).

4. 1909-11 American Tobacco Company T206 White Border #NNO Jack Warhop

Stalked this for a while, after I learned that I had the guy who gave up Babe Ruth's last hit/HR. And then I got the guy who gave up Babe Ruth's first hit. So I needed the most famous of the them, Jack Warhop, who gave up Ruth's first two homers, weeks apart, when Ruth was still a pitcher. I love the fact that he's holding a bat.

5. 1909-11 American Tobacco Company T206 White Border #NNO Al Bridwell

Punched manager John Mcgraw in the face and got a two game suspension.
Bought this as part of my Merkle's Boner collection, and learned this tidbit.

6. 1927 Exhibits W461 #NNO Cliff Heathcote

Traded for Max Flack on May 30, 1922. Not a big deal, except the trade took place between games of a double header. Both players played for both teams that day.
Got this single card in my effort to have a card from every decade cards were produced. Didn't know which Cub to get, so I went with the quirky trivia, which is what started this list.

7. 1916 Sporting News (M101-5) #60 Max Flack

11/20/17. Got this after stalking various Max Flack cards for months. This is the other half of the equation, the guy who was traded for Clifton Heathcote between games of a double header, as noted above. I love this!

8. 1965 Topps #519 Bob Uecker

Is Bob Uecker.

9. 1956 Topps #259 Sam Jones

First African-American to throw a no-hitter in the major leagues -- a 4-0 victory for the Cubs over the Pirates. Walked the bases loaded in the ninth, then struck out the side.
Also half of the first all-African-American battery in the major leagues when he took the field with catcher, Quincy Trouppe in 1952.
Also happened to lead the league in walks and strikeouts three times (same years), and wins and ERA in 1959.

10. 1933 Goudey (R319) #139 Ben Cantwell

Been sort of casually stalking this card for quite a while. Finally took the plunge with my Holiday money. Ben Cantwell has the worst record of any pitcher in history in Wrigley Field, at 0-16. Once I heard that, I had to have him.



Jul 9, 2017 - 11:19AM


Edited on: May 9, 2020 - 6:03PM

Jul 9, 2017 - 12:07PM

I'm on it CAD, thanks. The use of different vintage cards is due to the fact that those are the cards I own. I'll add Arlie Latham when I get one of his cards. Still stalking a Max Flack, the other half of the double header trade. Might need a Quincy Trouppe. 


Aug 28, 2017 - 1:41PM


Edited on: May 9, 2020 - 6:03PM

Aug 28, 2017 - 5:30PM

Thank you! Tough card to get, but I'd love one. 

Mar 16, 2018 - 1:19PM

How about Herman "Germany" Schaefer who actually is credited with stealing first base? On Aug. 4, 1911 he first stole second base, then ran back to first, then got caught in a rundown while trying to steal second again, his original intention so that his teammate on third could run for home. If you don't have a T204 Ramly it's an excuse to look for one.

Mar 17, 2018 - 7:45AM

Thank you. Germany Schaefer was on my list. And about a week ago, I started stalking T204s. We’ll see what happens. 

Jun 5, 2018 - 11:45AM

Jack Warhop apparently served up Babe's first big leage round-tripper. His 1994 Conlon card does not mention that distinction, but does note some other interesting facts about his less-than-stellar pitching career.

Jun 5, 2018 - 4:22PM

Just wondered what you thought about Eddie Gaedel. At 3ft 7in he was the shortest person to ever play. Also apparently due to its scarcity his autograph now sells for more that Babe Ruth`s.   

Dec 26, 2018 - 11:18PM

Reading about the Berg card, I can only assume you got a time machine for Christmas?!?!

Dec 27, 2018 - 2:58AM

Good catch. I have corrected it. 

(I wish I got a time machine. Then these would all be mint.) 

Jan 4, 2019 - 11:19PM
Billy Kingsley

After reading about his story I picked up a Rube Waddell card from Panini's Golden Age set last year. I'll pick up a Moe Berg at some point as well...I read his story, not in any sports publication but in a WWII publication.  I'm content with a card not issued during their careers, just so long as they get added to my collection. 

Feb 13, 2020 - 7:46PM
Uncorrected Error

Well, Bob Uecker played the announcer in Major League. 

Moonlight Graham, from Field of Dreams, was a real person.  He probably doesn't have a card though.

Curt Flood got the first hit in a major league regular season game in Canada.   He also challenged the reserve clause.  

Wally Pipp was the Yankees first baseman before Gehrig's streak.   

Glenn Burke and Dusty Baker were the first high fivers in sports. 

Larry Doby was the first black player in the American League.

Rick Monday was a Marine Corps Reservist who stopped protestors from burning a U.S. flag during a game.

Bob Gibson played for the Harlem Globetrotters. 

Danny Ainge, Dave DeBusschere, Brian Jordan, Deion Sanders, and Bo Jackson all played major league baseball and at the top level in another sport.  

Mike Kekich and Fritz Peterson traded wives in 1973. 

Feb 13, 2020 - 7:49PM
Uncorrected Error

Ron Blomberg was the first DH in Major League Baseball. 

Sep 26, 2020 - 10:01AM
Derek McDonough

On September 26, 1908 Cubs Pitcher Ed Reulbach pitches 2 shutout games.  Only Major League player to ever have done it.

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