Drake, Detroit, American League, from the Brown Background series (T207) for the American Tobacco Company
Issued by American Tobacco Company
Sheet: 2 5/8 x 1 1/2 in. (6.7 x 3.8 cm)
The Jefferson R. Burdick Collection, Gift of Jefferson R. Burdick
Not on view
Trade cards from the "Brown Background" series (T207), issued 1912 to promote brands of cigarettes and loose tobacco distributed by the American Tobacco Company.
Inscription: Printed text on lower edge of card: DRAKE - DETROIT - AMER. Printed text on verso of card: Del Drake/ Del Drake, a youngster,/ forced to show his wares in/ company with Ty Cobb and/ Bam Crawford, the Detroit/ outfielding stars, had a tough/ time of it in fast company/ on this account. Drake was/ first nabbed as Davy Jones'/ understudy. His professional/ career received its first boom/ with the Wilkesbarre class of/ the New York State [illegible]/ where Jennings dug him up./ In 95 games as a Tiger out-/fielder last summer he batted/ .279 and fielded .942, well up/ in the list. [verso: cigarette brand at bottom of card not visible].
Jefferson R. Burdick; Donor: Jefferson R. Burdick (American, 1900–1963)