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Rare c.1921 Ty Cobb “Barnstorming” Souvenir Score Card

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Publication specialists vie for this rare, vintage exhibition game program. Offered is a c.1921 “Ty Cobb Souvenir Score Card”. Bearing a classic Cobb base-running cover photo, this obscure souvenir is scored for a “barnstorming” game which featured the Ty Cobb Stars vs. the Walter Mails Stars. While the back cover is affected by album residue/paper loss, the front cover displays handsome VG details and remains appealing. Note: All proceeds will be donated to PALS: People Assisting the Lodi Shelter--a non-profit animal rescue. More on our website.

Given the nature of this item and the game it represents, it is likely the number produced was relatively low compared to MLB score cards of the day. Research did not yield a listing for a similar example and in all probability few copies made out of the local region of origin. A fair number of players listed on the score card, including stars O’Doul, Pinelli and Kelly, played with the PCL’s San Francisco Seals and/or lived in the SF region.

One of the interior notes states “He (Cobb) is married and has four children—two girls and two boys. His youngest boy, 4-1/2 years, shows signs of being a real ball player, so says his proud father”. Cobb had a total of five children, his second son Herschel was born 9/29/17 and his fifth and last child, son Jimmy, was born 7/24/21, leading to the deduced c.1921 dating of this extremely rare piece of memorabilia.

The back cover bears a propaganda-like “love letter” testimonial from Cobb to California. Though the back cover is moderately affected by album residue nearly all of the printed text remains readable.

"Known Big Leaguers and Stars of Coast to Perform Today ...... Baseball battle between Cobb Champions and Malls Maulers will be stated a Recreation Park this afternoon will be continued at Oakland tomorrow morning and concluded at Recreation Park tomorrow afternoon. Walter Mails says the great Ty Cobb will not get a hard foul off him either today or tomorrow - Walter wants to show Tyrus that he really has something in that old left flipper. This will be Cobbs last appearance In California for he Is going to hls home In Georgia for the Christmas holiday Walter Mails is all boiled up became someone told him Cobb did not think much of him as a pitcher so he is ready to try to show up the Old Georgian In this series. When Walter faces Ty It should be some scrap. Cobbs team Is made up mostly of major leaguers while Mails will be supported by Coast talent - ....." Mails was a big time star in 1920 as the Indians called him up with 5 weeks left in the season in the middle of a pennant race....During September Mails won seven and lost none with a 1.85 ERA, pitching six complete games, including two shutouts. The Indians won the pennant by two games and it is safe to say they couldn’t have done it without Mails. In the World Series, won by Cleveland 5 games to 2, Mails pitched 6 2/3 innings of three-hit shutout relief in a 2-1 loss in the third game, then shut out Brooklyn, 1-0, on three hits in game six. After the 1920 season Mails played in a California winter league with Ty Cobb and, according to Franklyn Lewis in his book “The Cleveland Indians,” Cobb discovered that Walter couldn’t take a ribbing. Cobb carried that message back to the American League the next season. Lewis writes that Mails’ “rabbit ears were tuned in to every bench jockey in the American League. Led by Cobb, these experts in ridicule drove the Duster out of the big time.” Mails went 14-8, 3.94 in 1921 and fell to 4-7, 5.28 in 1922. He was back in the PCL with Oakland in 1923. Results of the game(s): DUSTER MAILS BEATS TY COBB: Ty Cobb and Duster Mails met In a series of games at San Francisco recently and Duster’s team took two out of three from Cobb's Stars. Tyrus the Great didn’t get a hit off Duster, who appeared in parts of three games. Cobb did get a triple off Faeth, former Indian, in one contest. Ty suffered another humiliation. Lefty O’Doul. the Yankee "speed boy,” out-footed him In a race around the bases. O’Doul did the trick in 14 4-5 seconds and Cobb’s time was 15 flat. Considering the heavy track the time was fast. In the accuracy throwing contest Al Walters of the Red Sox made the best throws, but Nick Altrock was announced as the Winner. Nick was helped by his partner in crime, Carl Sawyer, who knocked the target down just as Nick’s throw arrived;

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