An American Hobby: Baseball Memorabilia – ‘Kid Nichols’ Card From Mayo’s 1895 N300 Collection
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An American Hobby
Charles Augustus “Kid” Nichols was born four years after the end of the Civil War. He would live long enough to see himself inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1949.
His journey to Cooperstown began in 1890 when he debuted for the Boston Beaneaters. He had quite a rookie season, winning 27 games, putting up an ERA of 2.23, and leading his league with 7 shutouts. But Kid Nichols was just warming up.
In 1891 he won 30 games, the first of seven seasons when he would reach the 30-win plateau. In 1892, Nichols won 35 regular season games plus two more in the Championship Series where they vanquished the Cleveland Spiders and their top pitcher, a guy named Cy Young.
Youtube Tribute Page to 300 Game Winners – Many of the them featured:
Statistic Description: Wins
|Rank||Player (yrs, age)||Wins||Throws|
|1.||Cy Young+ (22)||511||R|
|2.||Walter Johnson+ (21)||417||R|
|3.||Pete Alexander+ (20)||373||R|
|Christy Mathewson+ (17)||373||R|
|5.||Pud Galvin+ (15)||365||R|
|6.||Warren Spahn+ (21)||363||L|
|7.||Kid Nichols+ (15)||361||R|
|8.||Greg Maddux (23)||355||R|
|9.||Roger Clemens (24)||354||R|
|10.||Tim Keefe+ (14)||342||R|
|11.||Steve Carlton+ (24)||329||L|
|12.||John Clarkson+ (12)||328||R|
|13.||Eddie Plank+ (17)||326||L|
|14.||Nolan Ryan+ (27)||324||R|
|Don Sutton+ (23)||324||R|
|16.||Phil Niekro+ (24)||318||R|
|17.||Gaylord Perry+ (22)||314||R|
|18.||Tom Seaver+ (20)||311||R|
|19.||Old Hoss Radbourn+ (12)||309||R|
|20.||Mickey Welch+ (13)||307||R|
|21.||Tom Glavine (22)||305||L|
|22.||Randy Johnson (22)||303||L|
|23.||Lefty Grove+ (17)||300||L|
|Early Wynn+ (23)||300||R|
1893 saw a major change in the rules of baseball – the distance between the pitching mound and home plate was increased from fifty feet to today’s standard, sixty feet, six inches.
It didn’t have much of an impact on the Kid as he went 34-14 and led his team to another title. He went on to win 30+ games in five of the next six seasons. He was the winningest pitcher of the 1890’s, leading his team to five pennants.
Kid Nichols is the youngest pitcher to reach 300 wins (Age 30). He ranks #5 in career WAR for pitchers, #11 in Innings Pitched, and 4th in Complete Games. The statistic that he was most proud of was the fact that he completed 532 of his 562 Starts.
“You never heard anyone with a sore arm in my day. When we weren’t pitching, we either played the outfield or doubled as ticket takers. The biggest strain my arm ever underwent was at the Polo Grounds when I counted 30,000 tickets.” – Kid Nichols, 1948
After Nichols retired from baseball, he partnered with Joe Tinker (of Tinker to Evers to Chance fame) in a movie distribution business. Later on, he became a proficient bowler, winning Kansas City’s Class A Championship at the ripe old age of 64.
Pictured below is Kid Nichols in his Boston Beaneaters uniform. This is one of forty-eight cards from the 1895 N300 Mayo’s Cut Plug tobacco card series. Graded an 8 (near mint/mint), it is by far and away the finest example in existence. It last sold in 2011 for $16,500.
Do you have any Kid Nichols memorabilia – let us know!
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A big thank-you goes out to Our ‘Baseball Memorabilia Enthusiast’ Lee Edelstein for preparing today’s featured article. Lee was born and raised in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, New York. He inherited his love of baseball from his dad. The game has been Lee’s constant companion since he was seven years old – when his dad took him to see his first ball game at Ebbets Field. This was followed by a brief and largely unsuccessful Little League career. While he wasn’t all that good on the ball field he became an ALL-Star at collecting baseball cards.
His collection is still alive today after surviving many scares over the years. Lee was also much better at business than playing baseball. He was good enough that he was able to retire and pursue his other passion – writing about baseball! Chin Music is his first novel. He is hard at work on his second, Mound Music. You can read a full overview and find links to purchase here and also check out a quick synopsis in the picture below. Feel Free to follow Lee on Twitter and chat about the game of baseball. Follow @chinmusicstory
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