Buck Leonard & the Homestead Grays at the Polo Grounds in 1945 Original Photo Negro Leagues

Smooth-fielding, sweet-swinging first baseman Walter Buck Leonard was the backbone of the Homestead Grays dynasty of the late 1930s and 1940s. Even-tempered, modest and loyal, the left-handed hitting Leonard was a model of consistency and one of the best pure hitters to play in the Negro leagues. He played in a record 11 East-West All-Star games, and his remarkable 17-year tenure with the Grays is the longest term of service with one team in Negro league history.

Roy Welmaker was a pitcher in the Negro Leagues from 1932-53.  Most notably he played for the Homestead Grays and Philadelphia Stars and toiled in the Pacific Coast League with the Hollywood Stars and Portland Beavers in the early 1950’s when he was well past his prime to make a Major League impact (he was in his 40’s).

Offered is an original 8x10 photo of Buck Leonard standing with Homestead Grays teammate Roy Welmaker and two New York Cubans officials; L.J. Blanco Chataing and Bernardo Vizcaya, before a May 26, 1945, game in the Polo Grounds. Leonard, and the rest of the negro league players rarely had the chance to play in such a park despite their amazing play and comparative abilities to the big leaguers. Original Spanish news organization stamp on back. Crease through the bottom third of the photos but in Excellent condition. Incredible discovery!



Item: 10947

Price: $1,995.00
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Buck Leonard & the Homestead Grays at the Polo Grounds in 1945 Original Photo Negro Leagues