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    1888-89 N173 Old Judge John Ward SGC 60 EX 5 - The Finest SGC-Graded N173 Ward! Versatile. Extremely versatile. That is the best way to describe John Montgomery "Monte" Ward. On and off the field, he was not only versatile, but also talented at myriad roles. Ward is the only player in history to have won 100 games as a pitcher and also have 2,000 hits. He started his major league career with the Providence Grays of the National League and was mainly a pitcher. His best season as a hurler was in 1879 when he went 47-19 with a 2.15 ERA. He played 17 major league seasons, eventually giving up pitching because of an arm injury and playing both the infield and outfield. He played on the New York Giants when they won what was then termed the "World Series" in both 1888 and 1889. He graduated from Columbia Law School and formed the first professional sports players' union, termed the Brotherhood of Professional Base Ball Players, and then led a player protest against the reserve clause and led Ward to form the Players' League in 1890. Ward was a player/manager for the new league's Brooklyn team. The players had increased financial power and shared profits, but after some initial success, the league failed. Ward's immense contribution to baseball was finally recognized in 1964 when he was posthumously selected to the Hall of Fame.

    Graded SGC 60 EX 5. This 1888-89 Old Judge Cabinet John Ward is extremely rare. In fact, it is, along with one other, the highest graded SGC N173s of Ward covering all poses. His full-figure portrait is exceptional. Here is an occasion to own a highly valued card of one of the most influential shapers of early baseball.


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