11.24.2013

1922 E120 American Caramel
Stuffy McInnis



As a member of the Philadelphia Athletics,
Stuffy McInnis played first base alongside second baseman Eddie Collins, shortstop Jack Barry and third baseman Frank Baker.

Some consider the foursome the best infield ever assembled. And they were paid accordingly. From 1911-14 they were collectively known as the $100,000 infield. The cost of all four players.

Today, counting for inflation, that would equal only a little over $2.5 million.

Today, a team would be hard pressed to find a single starter for $2.5 million, let alone the entire infield.

Today, baseball's finances are a little different than 100 years ago.

As for this card: It appears someone added their opinion of Stuffy in red ink "Hitting and Fielding great" they also updated the card to include his current team, as of 1925, to Pittsburgh.

To most collectors, writing on a card is like the kiss of death. To me it's just another story in the life of a poor old baseball card.

1 comment:

david bancroft said...

Wonder if the red ink on the card is vintage 1925 writing, or if someone added it much later.