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  • Hooley or Alex?

    The 1925-27 Anonymous issue is fascinating & one of a number of the great unsolved mysteries in the hobby. It's also chock full of errors including some unreported ones.

    One of these, I believe is the mistaken identity of the "H. SMITH "card (#22 Type-I & #21 Type-II). We have always assumed this was Reginald "Hooley" Smith because the other Smith on the Senators' team was Alex, who already had his own cards (appearing as "A.SMITH" & "Alex SMITH" : 2 versions of #22 Type-II).

    Most of us are not lucky enough to own any of these beauties, so it's hardly that important to most collectors, but in the interest of relying on accurate information, I would like to try to make the case that the H.SMITH card actually depicts not the Hall of Famer Hooley but rather journeyman Alex Smith.

    I believe the image below supports this idea, because the player on the card shoots left (like Alex but not Hooley) & to me it looks more like Alex as well.

    So what do you think - Alex or Hooley?
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    By the way, the unusual nickname "Hooley" apparently was a contraction for "Hooligan".

  • #2
    Good work! I vote for Alex as well beeing the player pictured on the card


    • #3
      Undoubtedly Alex Smith.


      • #4
        Good evidence to support your claim! Looks like Alex to me.
        Hooligan--what a nickname!


        • #5
          Great work John, Hooley shoots right and Alex shoots an easy call after that.


          • #6
            Great find!


            • #7
              OPC was still confused in the 30s.
              Here is 1933-34 OPC #69 with Hooley's photo but Alex's name AND bio.

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              • #8
                The following year they fixed it. Correct photo, name & bio. Click image for larger version

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