A Small World

This afternoon I was sitting here finishing my 20+ paper analyzing the sports card industry when the doorbell rang.  I forgot that a lady was coming over to do something with decorating the upstairs bedroom.  Lets face it, this was the last thing on my mind.  Looking around the house she could see that someone was interested in baseball cards.  She told me that her uncle was Herold (Muddy) Ruel who played for the White Sox a long time ago.  I’ll admit that the name didn’t ring any bells at first, but then I did a little research.

It turns out Muddy Ruel scored the winning run of the 1924 World Series and was the catcher the day Ray Chapman was killed by a pitch.  Chapman is one of only two people killed from an on field injury.  Doc Powers was the other.  

She told me that she does own a baseball card of her uncle, but she can’t recall what kind it is.  Ruel has a handful of cards, but his most popular would probably be his 1933 Goudey #18.  I thought this was really interesting and I hope to learn more in the future.

Reading about Ruel, I learned that he was just one of a few baseball players to have a law degree.  There aren’t too many players today that have one of those.