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1920s Oscar Charleston and Smokey Joe Williams Photographs (2)
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $1,610.00
1) 1925 original photo of Oscar Charleston while playing in the Cuban Winter League for Almendares. Charleston hit .361 lifetime during his nine years playing baseball in Cuba. His career in the Negro Leagues spanned forty years with fourteen different teams, as a player and manager, beginning with the Indianapolis ABC's in 1915 during the dead ball era, and ending in 1954 upon his death, at which time he was managing the Indianapolis Clowns in the fading post-integration years of the Negro American League. Charleston played with many of the greatest teams in the history of the Negro Leagues, and is credited with a .357 lifetime average. He is considered by most historians to be the best player in Negro League history. Elected to the Hall of Fame in 1976. The photograph is trimmed to current dimensions of 2 ½ x 6 inches, and has a tiny hole on his leg visible when held to the light. Excellent appearance. 2) Circa 1920's snapshot photograph (4 ½ x 2 ¾ inches) of Hall of Fame pitcher Smokey Joe Williams, taken while playing for the Royal Ponciana Winter team in Palm Beach Florida. Williams was considered by many the greatest pitcher in Negro League history. In a Negro League All-Time poll in 1952 conducted by the Pittsburgh Courier, a black newspaper, Williams beat out Satchel Paige, by a single vote, as the best pitcher of all time. Williams was half African-American and half Native American. His career spanned nearly a quarter of a century, most of it spent with two of the best teams in the Negro Leagues, the NY Lincoln Giants (1911-23) and the Homestead Grays (1925-32). Elected to the Hall of Fame in 1999. Photo from the estate of Cum Posey. This is the very photograph of Williams which is pictured in the SABR Negro Leagues book. Very Good to Excellent condition. Two outstanding and very rare original 1920's images of two of the Negro Leagues' greatest stars. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,610.00
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