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1942 Satchel Paige Kansas City Monarchs Original News Photo
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $823
This extraordinary original 1942 news photo, which displays remarkable detail and clarity, captures Leroy "Satchel" Paige as a member of the Kansas City Monarchs warming up on the sidelines prior to a game. Ideally, the original paper news caption, from "World Wide Photos," remains affixed to the reverse, which reads "Great Colored Hurler - New York - Getting $2,000 for a single ball game is pitching for plenty of hay (and pay). This is the sum Leroy (Satchel) Paige gets for participating in the Kansas City Monarchs - New York Cuban Stars game played in Yankee Stadium. Lanky Leroy's team have won five straight Negro American League baseball championships. Since Baseball's Commissioner Landis' declaration that the rules of the Major Leagues contained no provisions barring Negro League players, Paige may be considered one of the most likely big league prospects if colored players are admitted to the Major loops. This photo shows Satchel during pitching practice at the stadium." The news caption is dated "8/2/42." This is a famous photo of Paige, and one that has been reproduced in books. It is interesting to note, based upon subsequent date stamps and partial newspaper clippings on the reverse, that this photo was used a number of different times by the paper, including just a few weeks later, when it accompanied an article on the annual East-West Negro All-Star Game. One of the most important editorial notations on the reverse is the one that reads "City." During that era, Negro League games were not widely reported by the major news services, and accounts of the games normally only appeared in the city editions of the respective teams' local newspapers. Although talk of integration was in the air at the time, it would be another five years before Jackie Robinson broke baseball's long-standing color barrier. Paige, of course, did finally make it to the Major Leagues in 1948, when he became not only the first black pitcher in American League history, but also, at the approximate age of forty-two, the oldest "rookie" to ever set foot on a Major League diamond. Considered by many to be the greatest pitcher of his era, black or white, Paige was honored in 1971 when he was selected as the first Negro League player to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The photo (7 x 9 inches) displays a number of minor flaws common to all working press photos, including a number of light surface wrinkles, slight rippling, a tack hole at the top and bottom, and a few unobtrusive editorial marks. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Reserve $200. Estimate $400++. SOLD FOR $823
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