TRIS SPEAKER / CLEVELAND INDIANS 1998 MLB Cooperstown Collection Starting Lineup Action Figure & Exclusive Trading Card. Displayed figure measures approximately 4 inches tall. Originally released in 1998 - Retired / Out of production. Ages 4 and up. From Kenner.
Tristram E. Speaker (April 4, 1888 - December 8, 1958), nicknamed "Spoke" and "The Grey Eagle", was an American baseball player. Considered one of the best offensive and defensive center fielders in the history of Major League Baseball, he compiled a career batting average of .345 (sixth all-time), and still holds the record of 792 career doubles. Defensively, his career records for assists, double plays, and unassisted double plays by an outfielder still stand as well. His fielding glove was known as the place "where triples go to die."
Speaker led the Boston Red Sox to two World Series championships, and then carried the Cleveland Indians, as player-manager, to that team's first-ever World Series title. His innovations, most notably the platoon system and the infield rotation play, revolutionized the game. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in its second year of voting, 1937. Speaker hit over .350 in ten of his eleven years with Cleveland, in 1916 ending Ty Cobb's run of nine consecutive AL batting titles by batting .386 to Cobb's .371. Speaker's return to Boston, May 9, 1916, was an unofficial tribute by the fans, as over 15,000 showed up and roared with approval every time he came near the ball. After one half-inning, Speaker started towards the Boston dugout, and the crowd went wild. His return was only spoiled by the Indians' loss of 5-1.
TRIS SPEAKER / CLEVELAND INDIANS 1998 MLB Cooperstown Collection Starting Lineup Action Figure & Exclusive Trading Card
Displayed figure measures approximately 4 inches tall.
Originally released in 1998 - Retired / Out of production.
Ages 4 and up.