Baseball historians are starting to contemplate the phrase “Black Major League” to describe the Negro Leagues, which may have been a less organized entity in the midst of the challenges of segregation, but was no less talented. From the first wave of players to come after integration were Hall of Famers like Jackie Robinson, Larry Doby, Hank Aaron and Willie Mays (who were not even standouts in Negro League play). We may never understand what might have been if Cap Anson had not refused to play against a team that carried a black player in the 1880s and maybe we will never get to the point where we put a “pre-integration” asterisk on record, but it would be a travesty not to account for the impact of the Negro Leagues on the history of our national pastime. Presented is a pair of autographed items with (100+) signatures total that pay tribute to prominent Negro League stars. The signatures average (“9”) potency; comes with an Auction LOA from JSA.
(100+) signed items includes:
NLBPA Poster with (75+) signatures (12x18"): including Ernie Banks, Harry Barnes, Joe Barnes, Gene Benson, Charlie Biot, Joe Black, Garnett Blair, Lyman Bostock Sr., Sherwood Brewer, Bill Byrd, Marlin Carter, Bill Cash, Jim Cohen, Jimmy Crutchfield, Dandridge, "Piper" Davis, Saul Davis, Day, Jimmy Dean, Mahlon Duckett, Frank Evans, Rodolfo Fernandez, Wilmer Fields, Josh Gibson Jr., George Giles, Stanley Glenn, Wiley Griggs, Wilmer Harris, Bob Harvey, Cowan "Bubba" Hyde, Irvin, Martin Jackson, Sam Jethro, Josh Johnson, Larry Kimbrough, Elmer Knox, Leonard, Rufus Lewis, Lester Lockett, Max Manning, Verdell Mathis, Mays, Clyde McNeal, John "Mule" Miles, Noble, Buck O’Neil, Pat Patterson, Bill Peace, Frank Pearson, Art "Superman" Pennington, Andy Porter, Willie Pope, Ted "Double Duty" Radcliffe, William "Bill" Robinson, Thomas Sampson, Jake Sanders, Henry Schmidt, Barney Serrell, Freddie Shepard, Toni Stone, Bob Thurman, Quincy Trouppe, Armando Vasquez, Ed Walker, Al Wilmore, Artie Wilson, Bill Wright.
Ron Lewis Series 1 signed postcards. A complete set of all 30 postcards with 28 of the possible 29 signed all with matching serial numbers. Includes: Gene Benson, (2) Garnett Blair, Lyman Bostock Jr., Bill Cash, Jimmie Crutchfield, Dandridge, Day, Mahlon Duckett, Frank Evans, Wilmer Fields, Josh Gibson Jr., Bob Harvey, Jehosie Heard, Cowan "Bubba" Hyde, Irvin, Josh Johnson, Leonard, Rufus Lewis, Lester Lockett, Max Manning, Verdell Mathis, Mays, Clyde McNeal, Ted "Double Duty" Radcliffe, William "Bill" Robinson, Quincy Trouppe, Armando Vasquez, Bill Wright.
NOTE: The postcard set is complete with matching serial numbers, however the McNeal postcard with the matching serial number is a stamp-signature. There is a second "live signature" Clyde McNeal with a different serial number and also a second signed Garnett Blair postcard.