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An Original James Fogarty Baseball Card

A baseball sports card featuring baseball play James Fogarty

The Allen and Ginter Tobacco Company, a Virginia firm, produced this 1888 card featuring Philadelphia Quakers right fielder Jim H. Fogarty. (Library of Congress)

Library of Congress

This card harkens back to a time before baseball cards were packaged with confectionery products like gum or caramel. By 1890, the team Fogarty played for, the Philadelphia Quakers, had officially become known as the Philadelphia Phillies. The California-born Fogarty spent his entire baseball career in Philadelphia, playing for the Quakers in the National Baseball League from 1884 to 1889 and playing one year for the Philadelphia Athletics, which belonged to the newly formed Players League in 1890. In 1891, at age 27, Fogarty died of tuberculosis in Philadelphia, the city where he made a name for himself as a ballplayer.

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