August Live 2014
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Matty McIntyre is one of those oft-forgotten names whose legacy begs to be rediscovered and elevated. A subject of the most famous tobacco-card sets (T206, T205 and T3), McIntyre rounded out one of the all-time best outfields (with Ty Cobb and Sam Crawford), and was reputed to be the premier left-handed batter against southpaw pitchers. Interestingly, he was also the ringleader of merciless hazing against the brash young Georgia Peach. Prior to the 1907 season, McIntyre even became a controversial contract hold-out due to the dissension in Detroit's ranks. (For more on Cobb and McIntyre's longstanding feud, see the article linked here.) As fate would have it, the valuable leadoff hitter broke his ankle 20 games into the '07 campaign, but he bounced back the following year with his finest offensive performance (league-leading 105 runs and career-high 24 doubles, 13 triples and 83 walks) for the Tigers' second of three straight pennants. McIntyre later turned in another 100-run showing with the 1911 White Sox, played Cuban ball with Jose Mendez, and suited up with Babe Ruth on the 1914 Providence Grays. In 1920, at the age of just 39, he died of a kidney ailment.
Matty McIntyre's 1907 A.L. Championship stick pin measures 2-1/2" in length and 9/16" in width. The embossed front design reads "CHAMP'S - '07" and features a ferocious feline face emerging from the grass. The back is engraved "McIntyre" and "LF." Apparent NM obverse appearance.
Matty McIntyre 1907 Detroit Tigers American League Championship Stick Pin
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