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Exhibition Baseball Americana

Walter Johnson (1887–1946), Washington Senators. Baseball card. Relief halftone. Mecca Double Folders (T201), American Tobacco Co., 1911. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (074.00.00)
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Walter Johnson (1887–1946), Washington Senators. Baseball card. Relief halftone. Mecca Double Folders (T201), American Tobacco Co., 1911. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (074.00.00)
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Babe Ruth (1895–1948), New York Yankees. Baseball card. Offset lithograph. Big League Chewing Gum, Goudey Gum Co., 1933. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (077.00.00)
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Babe Ruth (1895–1948), New York Yankees. Baseball card. Offset lithograph. Big League Chewing Gum, Goudey Gum Co., 1933. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (077.00.00)
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Edward V. Cicotte (1884–1969), Boston Red Sox. Baseball card. Relief halftone. Mecca Double Folders (T201), American Tobacco Co., 1911. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (074.02.00)
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Edward V. Cicotte (1884–1969), Boston Red Sox. Baseball card. Relief halftone. Mecca Double Folders (T201), American Tobacco Co., 1911. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (074.02.00)
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Cy Young (1867–1955), Cleveland Naps. Baseball card. Offset lithograph. Gold Borders (T205). American Tobacco Co., 1911. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (077.02.00)
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Cy Young (1867–1955), Cleveland Naps. Baseball card. Offset lithograph. Gold Borders (T205). American Tobacco Co., 1911. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (077.02.00)
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National League 1965 Batting Leaders. Baseball card. Photomechanical print. T.G.C., 1965. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (068.00.00)
National League 1965 Batting Leaders. Baseball card. Photomechanical print. T.G.C., 1965. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (068.00.00)
Miguel Cabrera (b. 1983), Detroit Tigers. Baseball card. Photomechanical print. The Topps Co., Inc., 2016. Private Collection (075.00.00)
Miguel Cabrera (b. 1983), Detroit Tigers. Baseball card. Photomechanical print. The Topps Co., Inc., 2016. Private Collection (075.00.00)

Baseball Card Stats

Baseball cards remain a source of accumulated statistical information, but the presentation has varied from scant to overwhelming. This Walter Johnson card provides minimal data, and Babe Ruth’s card, part of a set especially admired for its handsome renderings, contains only a short bland description of his career. Cy Young’s card offers highlights from his remarkable career in narrative rather than statistical form. While this Edward Cicotte card from the same year provides minimal data, there would be more to say about the pitcher ten years later, when he was banned from baseball following the Black Sox scandal. The National League batting leaders group card shown here ranked the top fifty hitters based only on batting average, but this recent Miguel Cabrera card is a trove of numerical factoids.

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