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Nice Sam Rice Type I photo (5x8"). Rice, a Hall of Fame outfielder, played 19 of his 20 big league seasons with the Washington Senators, having a lifetime batting average of .322. He had a tremendous batting eye and was a great contact hitter. For example, in 1929, he struck out only nine times in 616 at-bats. Rice was part of a famous play in the 1925 World Series when his Washington team played the Pittsburgh Pirates. In Game 3, he made a leaping catch in the outfield and fell over the wall. The umpires ruled that he had caught the fly ball, but Pittsburgh rooters in the stands swore under oath that he didn't. Rice only answered, "The ump said I caught it." For years, that was his only reply. Rice enjoyed the mystery, but in a letter he wrote, to be opened after his death, Rice finally cleared up the intrigue by stating that he did indeed make the catch. Charles M. Conlon Evening Telegram stamp on the back along with "Conlon Photo" in Conlon's hand and also "Sam Rice Washington" in Conlon's hand. Other marks on back including Cleveland News stamp and Oct. 1, 1925, date stamp. Excellent condition.
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