Hearken back to the days of segregated baseball with this pair of original 8x10 photos. Information on the Cairo Dodgers as a Negro League entity in virtually non-existent, but seeing is believing. Both of these photos feature players wearing mismatched uniforms with various Cairo and/or Dodgers lettering, placing them in the realm of incredibly rare. Though the perimeters of both bear numerous light creases, their integrity remains complete and intact with clear images and desirable gloss resulting in generous appeal.
Extensive research revealed the only Negro League team of note to go by the name Dodgers were the famous Newark Eagles/Dodgers. Numerous iterations of the Cairo, Illinois Egyptians played during 1897-1950, finishing their run as the 1948-1950 Cairo Dodgers in the “Kitty“ League (Kentucky-Illinois-Tennessee), however this was a Brooklyn Dodgers Class D minor league affiliate. One of the offered photos has an engraving company label affixed to the reverse with written notations that include “Hirsch Prtg. & Staty. Co. Cairo, Ill.”, but we are unable to confirm the existence of a Negro team from that city, leading to the belief that the team appearing in the photos was obscure and short-lived. Negro League history is vastly incomplete and the full story of the participants may never be known, so while the potential of these rare photos in unrealized, upside is promising when considering the bargain starting price for these possibly unique treasures.
One photo features what appear to be a four-man pitching rotation going through their motions. The other photo is a full team composition. While the photos are undated, the two gloves visible in the pitchers photo appear to have connected fingers and player #18 in the team photo (second from left in the bottom row) has a glove with a more modern web. These characteristics are consistent with glove models of the 1940s, possibly dating the photos to that period. We claim no particular expertise in Negro League history and welcome our more astute baseball historians and detectives to contact us with information regarding these dynamic and mysterious photographs.