1952 Negro League Legend Baseball HOFer Martin Dihigo & Luis Arroyo Original TYPE 1 Photo PSA/DNA LOA

Martin Dihigo is widely considered the be one of the greatest two-way players in baseball history, along with Babe Ruth, Bob Caruthers and Bullet Rogan. The Matanzas native was the first man to be a member of the Hall of Fame, Salon de la Fama (Mexican Baseball Hall of Fame), and Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame. Dihigo played every position except catcher during his career, which ran from 1922 to 1950. A top hurler who won over 250 wins as a pro, he also won two batting titles. Dihigo hit for power as well and also showed off a fine glove; Ted Page rated his throwing arm from the outfield as being superior to that of Roberto Clemente.  At least two fellow Hall-of-Famers said he was the best player they ever saw. He set offensive and pitching records in both Cuba and Mexico. On the mound, these included Mexican League single-season records for ERA and strikeouts, the Cuban Winter League career record for wins. At the plate, his records included the most doubles in a Cuban Winter League game and the first six-hit game in Mexican League history. Throughout his career, he played year-round, spending summers in the United States, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela and the winters in Cuba. He managed championship teams in Cuba, Venezuela and Mexico. Dihigo won four Cuban Winter League MVP awards, the most of any player.

At the very end of his Hall of Fame career in 1952, Martin Dihigo was managing the Escogido ball club and Luis Arroyo was one of his top young pitchers, just a couple of seasons before he would become a serviceable MLB hurler, joining the St. Louis Cardinals in 1955.

Offered is an Original 4.75” x 7" super RARE image depicting Escogido teammates, Martin Dihigo and Luis Arroyo pictured in full length pose . Crystal clear image adorns the front of this photo w/handwritten publication size notation on back along w/player identifications in upper right-hand corner.

Encapsulated authentic by PSA as TYPE 1 photograph and comes with an additional LOA from PSA/DNA



Item: 12953

Price: $950.00
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1952 Negro League Legend Baseball HOFer Martin Dihigo & Luis Arroyo Original TYPE 1 Photo PSA/DNA LOA