Like the Yankees, the Boston Red Sox have a rich history of great players. And, whenever I think about the Sox, and those, players, Tris Speaker always comes to mind.
For those who don’t know it, I’m a bit of a Speaker-groupie. In fact, back in February of 2006, I went on record with the following statement:
… in Tris Speaker, we have someone who ranks as one of the best ever (if not the best) with the glove at his playing position and who is one of the ten best batters to ever wield a stick at the plate – in the entire history of baseball. A case could easily be made that Tris Speaker is the best all-around player in baseball history. However, in the general public, his name does not carry the same hardball-fame-cache of players such as Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Ty Cobb, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and others.
And, I still feel this way about Tris Speaker. Why his name doesn’t come up in every conversation that includes Cobb, Mays, Mantle, etc., I don’t know? It’s truly a shame.
Last year, Charles C. Alexander (who has written baseball books about John McGraw, Rogers Hornsby and Ty Cobb) released a book on Speaker – it’s entitled “Spoke: A Biography of Tris Speaker.”
I’ve recently had a chance to thumb through “Spoke” and it seems like a very detailed account of Speaker’s career. It’s currently in my “to read” queue. And, when I get to it, I will share more about it. But, in the interim, I thought it was worth mentioning now…in case some were interested.