A look back at 1907 Newark Evening World Supplements

17 02 2013

OK, so the rub on this one is that I just bought a box of Panini Golden Age.  Well, not just bought, but I bought it in late January, opened half the box, then had to leave town for work.  Then Topps came out, and I finished some trades, and I’m just getting around to opening this product.  And I bought some of those Turkey Red boxes, too, so I’ll probably be posting on those in a little while.  But for the moment, I want to get started on posts for the Golden Age product.  See, as you know if you’ve followed this blog, I’m a sucker for retro sets.  If you tie a current set to some historic (no matter how oddball) set in some way, I’m hooked.  And Panini did that with three inserts and with the backs from their mini parallels in this product.  For each of those 4 sets, I’ll do a look back post (and eventually a comparison post).

SuplementsThe first one is the probably the least known – a newspaper supplement included with issues of the Newark Evening World.  The set featured players for the Newark Sailors, a minor league club playing in the Eastern League.  The Eastern League eventually went on to become the International League that is today composed of many of the East Coast’s triple-A affiliates.  This Newark club played from 1902-1916 (or thereabout) as the Sailors and later as the Indians.

  • Set Design: This 15-card set measures 7.5 x 11″ and showcases players from the 1907 Newark Sailors.  The large blank-back “cards” feature a black and white player photo with a white background inside a printed border design.  To be inserted in with a newspaper at this size, my guess is they must be pretty thin.
  • Packs: Topps issued the set in 2-card test packs (5¢) that came 12 to a box.  Each pack came with an easel that could be folded up to display the cards.  The picture below is from an auction last year – this may be the only known box of these remaining.
  • Hall of Fame: No Hall of Famers in this set – but what’s interesting about the 1907 Newark club is that it’s the only minor league team with any record of Hall of Famer Eddie Collins.  He wasn’t in the set, though, as he played only a handful of games.  Out of the 15 players in this set, though, 11 of them did get some form of Major League Experience.
  • Earliest & last active player: Out of those 11 players who reached the big timeJim Jones was the earliest.  By 1907 he’d already played his last game in the majors; he recorded 79 hits over three seasons in the National League for Louisville (1897) and the New York Giants (1901-1902).  “Doughnut Bill” Carrick was close – he played for the Giants from 1898-1900 and then was the “Ace” of the Washington Senators in 1901 and 1902 when the American League formed.  He actually led the NL in games, games started and losses in 1900, going 19-22. He won 63 games in his career, going 63-89 with a 4.14 ERA.  He lost 17 straight decisions in 1901, which I imagine was a record at the time.
  • Last active player: Catcher Oscar Stanage, who had 819 hits over 14 seasons for the Detroit Tigers – he had made his debut with the Cincinnati Reds the year before, then made it back to the majors in 1909 with Detroit.  He made the 1909 World Series with Detroit, playing in 2 games and getting a hit.  A great defensive catcher, he holds the American League record for assists in a single season (211 in 1911).  He was also notable for standing in as Ty Cobb’s “second” (a boxing term) in a fight between Cobb and Buck Herzog to settle an on-field matter (naturally Cobb had spiked Herzog).  Stanage was released by Detroit in 1920, but was hired on as a coach by player-manager Cobb in 1925, then wound up getting into 3 games as a player that year.  He played his last game on June 17, 1925.

Clyde Engle is the most famous player from this set.  He played from 1909-1916 for the Highlanders (now the Yankees) and the Red Sox, notching 748 hits with season highs of 75 runs and 71 RBI. He played both years of the rebel Federal League’s existence.  He is notable for hitting the famous ball that Fred Snodgrass missed in the Sox’ 1912 World Series victory.  In the 10th inning of the decisive game 8 (a tie forced an extra game), Engle pinch hit for Smokey Joe Wood and hit a ball to center that Snodgrass dropped. Engle wound up scoring the tying run and the Red Sox tacked on another to beat the great Christy Mathewson.

Between Engle, Stanage and 3 other players, players from this set were teammates at some point with Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth and Honus Wagner – representing the consensus greatest players of the decade in the 1900’s, 1910’s and 1920’s.

John “Nap” Shea was another player whose MLB career I found interesting.  His time in the big leagues consisted of 3 games in for the 1902 Phillies – he garnered one career hit.  Not quite Moonlight Graham, but close.  Here’s the checklist.  Players in italics were the 4 players who never made it to the majors.

  • William “Doughnut Bill” Carrick
  • James Cockman
  • Clyde Engle
  • James Jones
  • Paul Krichell
  • Henry LaBelle
  • William Mahling
  • Chas McCafferty
  • Thomas McCarthy
  • James Mullen
  • Al Pardee
  • Bayard “Bud” Sharpe
  • John “Nap” Shea
  • Oscar Stanage
  • Elmer Zacher

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4 03 2013
Panini Golden Age – comparing the Newark Evening World Supplement | Lifetime Topps project

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