King Cole

  • Card series: Pilgrims
  • City: Chicago
  • Team: Cubs
  • League: National League

Leonard Leslie Cole (1886-1916) went 20-4 with the 1910 Cubs in his second season, still the best winning % in 20th C. franchise history and led them to a pennant. After another great year in ’11 was traded to Pirates. Ill health plagued him and he missed the ’13 season, and died of TB after a very short 1915 season.

  • Pitching for the Yankees in 1914, surrendered Babe Ruth’s first ML hit, a double
  • Said to have been Ring Lardner’s model for “Alibi Ike,” beloved in short story and film
  • Maintained a fine 3.12 ERA over his brief six-year career

Auction History


T201 Mecca Canvas: King Cole