Very little is known about Tige Stone. He appeared in five games for the Cardinals in 1923 his only big league season. Branch Rickey used Stone as both a pitcher and outfielder during his brief stint in St. Louis.
A late inning defensive replacement, Stone had only three plate appearances in his brief career, going 1-for-1 with 2 walks. No matter what the sample size, when you retire with a 1.000 batting average, you’re in the record books for life.
As a pitcher, Tige was on a short one game leash. The Macon, Georgia native tossed 5 innings, allowing 4 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks, good enough for a 12.00 ERA and a guarantee that a second trip to the mound wasn’t necessary.
While Stone’s signature may be little more than a footnote from a guy who could say he played in the major leagues, the other brilliant fountain pen autograph on the $400 a month contract is the eye catcher. Branch Rickey’s signature explodes off of the page as if the agreement had only been signed recently.