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Ed Leishman Pacific Coast League Collection Including Photographs
Starting Bid - $200.00 , Sold For - $822.50
Addendum: The team identified in our printed catalog description as being the Elmira Triplets is in fact the Binghamton Triplets. Also, the 1929 San Jose Bees appear to be a semi-pro club, not a minor-league team.
This large collection of photographs and scrapbooks originates from the estate of Ed Leishman, a career baseball man who later served as a high-ranking team executive in both the Pacific Coast League and the Major Leagues. Leishman's professional baseball career began in the late 1920s as a player in the California State League where his standout play resulted in the purchase of his contract by the New York Yankees. Although he failed to make the Major Leagues, the Yankees retained his services by hiring him as a scout. He eventually ascended to the position of New York Yankees West Coast farm director (1947-1949) before founding the Salt Lake City minor-league baseball franchise in the early 1950s. In later years he served as general manager of the San Diego Padres of the Pacific Coast League (early 1960s) and was the first general manager of the San Diego Padres Major League franchise (1969-1972). Leishman received many honors during his long career, including twice being named the Minor League Executive of the Year by The Sporting News (1959 and 1964). This remarkable archive of material relating to his career consists of the following: 1) Early scrapbook (9.5 x 12 inches), containing mostly newspaper articles, chronicling both Leishman's high school and minor-league playing career (the earliest entry dates from 1928, the last from 1933). Excellent condition overall. 2-3) Two large photo albums (one 13 x 10 inches, the other 11 x 7 inches) featuring hundreds of snapshot photos. Two special highlights, to our eye, are an extraordinary 1929 California State League San Jose Bees team composite photograph (8 x 10-inches, mounted otherwise Ex), and a 1931 Erie Sailors of the Middle Atlantic League photographic postcard featuring portraits of team members, many of whom played in the majors, including Manager Chief Bender (printed postcard back, Nr/Mt-Mt condition, very unusual, mounted with corners, can be easily removed). The majority of the snapshots are of Leishman and his family, but there are also numerous baseball photos, including many individual photos of his minor league teammates (San Jose Bees of the California State League and the Binghamton Triplets of the New York Penn League). Most of the photos measure approximately 3 x 4.5 inches, but the larger album also features a few bigger prints, including a small number of 8 x 10-inch baseball photos. All of the photos in the two albums appear to date from the late 1920s through the mid 1930s and are in Near Mint condition overall. 4) Thirty-one original, unbound photos, chronicling both Leishman's playing and post-playing career (three duplicates). The majority of the photos picture Leishman, including one of him posing with Casey Stengel (photo is trimmed). Twenty-seven of the photos measure 8 x 10 inches, with the rest slightly smaller. The photos are in Very Good to Excellent condition overall, with a few displaying editorial notations and shading. 5) Thirty-Four non-vintage team photos. This one group appears to be circa 1970 prints. (All others in the collection are vintage.) One pictures the 1935 Elmira Triplets, the other thirty-three prints are all team photos of the San Diego Padres of the Pacific Coast League and consists of a complete run from 1936 through 1968. Ex-Mt overall. 6) Three Miscellaneous items: a 1959 commemorative plate issued to Leishman in honor of his being named the 1959 Minor League Executive of the Year, a 1947 New York Yankees World Series pass issued to Leishman, and a 1935 Newark Bears Schedule and Roster picturing the Newark Bears team (1934 International League Champions) on the cover. Excellent condition. This is a fascinating, very substantial, and unique collection. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $822.50
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