Tremendous midgrade N172 of Hall of Famer Hank O'Day, the only man in history to play, umpire, and manage in the National League. O'Day was an umpire in the first World Series in 1903, along with nine more Series during his 35-year career. It was O'Day who made what is still probably the most famous "out" call in history - the one where Hall of Famer Johnny Evers produced the baseball and stepped on second base, forcing out Fred Merkle in that infamous 1908 game. O'Day was also a serviceable pitcher in his younger years, compiling a 73-110 record over a 7-year career lasting from 1884 to 1890. O'Day pitched for the great 1889 Giants team that featured such luminaries as Buck Ewing, Jim O'Rourke, John Montgomery Ward, Roger Connor, Tim Keefe and Mickey Welch - one of the most famous 19th Century baseball teams.
The well-centered card, #355-2 according to the Miller/Gonsowski/Masson reference book, is very clean, with a strong, dark image. The reverse is largely clean, with some moderate toning and light soiling near the bottom, perhaps impacting the technical grade somewhat. Despite this, an extremely strong example, very pleasing to the eye.