Tuesday, March 15, 2016

1887 Buchner Gold Coin (type C reprint): Cap Anson, Chicago White Stockings/Cubs, MGR/1B/3B

     Cap Anson--a native of Marshalltown, IA--began playing in the majors for the Rockford Forest Citys of the National Association (N.A.) at the age of 19 in 1871.  Although the Citys finished last out of 9 teams in the association, Anson managed to lead the N.A. in Doubles (11) as the Citys' primary 3rd Baseman throughout the 25-game season.  Anson jumped over to the 1871 Champion Philadelphia Athletics of the N.A. for the next four years between 1872-1875, where he played mostly 1B and 3B.  With the A's, Anson led the N.A. in OBP ('72) and Putouts as 3B ('72), while nearly topping the charts at a few other rankings.  He also led the A's team to a 2nd place finish in the expanded 13-team association as the a manager in 1875.    

     With the formation of the National League (N.L.) in 1876, Anson signed with the Chicago White Stockings/Colts (Cubs) as a 1B/3B under Manager Al Spalding, where he would play out the rest of his 27-season MLB career through 1897.  Anson was also the manager for the White Stockings/Colts (Cubs) beginning from 1879 through his retirement in 1897.  He managed the New York Giants of the National League for one more season in 1898.  

     At the time of Anson's retirement at the age of 45, he had been one of the top 2 oldest players in the league for 8 years.  He was often a league leader in RBI ('80, '81, '82, '84, '85, '86, '88, '91),  Doubles ('77, '85), Hits ('81), Walks ('90), and Batting Average ('79, '81, '87, '88).  Anson's career achievement totals include a .334 Batting Avg., 2075 RBI, 3435 Hits, 582 Doubles, and 1999 Runs.  He played on 6 pennant-winning championship teams ('76, '80, '81, '82, '85, '86), appearing in two "World Series" against the St. Louis Browns of the American Association (A.A.) both times--tying the Browns in 1885 (3-3-1), and then losing to the Browns in 1886 (4-2).  He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1939.

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