Willard Brown Signed AUTO 8x10 photo Baseball HOF Negro Leagues PSA/DNA LOA

From the Baseball HOF website:

”His big league statistics – 21 games, a .179 batting average – tell the most incomplete story possible of the player who was Willard Brown. His Hall of Fame plaque, however, speaks volumes about the pioneer who was one of the Negro leagues’ greatest power hitters.“He was the most natural ballplayer I ever saw,” said Negro leagues legend Buck O’Neil. “He’d steal second base standing up. He was a great talent.”

He would pass away in 1996 pretty much forgotten except for the resurgence of Negro League reunions. He was posthumously elected to the Baseball HOF in 2006.

Offered is an 8x10 photo in San Juan Puerto Rico in the 1940’s during some downtime from a baseball clinic these legendary ballplayers were putting on. Pictured are Willard Brown, Bob Thurman, Earl Taborn, Ford Smith, and Vic Harris.

In addition to being signed by Willard Brown, the photo has been autographed by:

Bob Thurman (D. 1998) who was a professional baseball pitcher, outfielder and pinch-hitter. He played in the Negro leagues, the Puerto Rican winter league (where he was a star), and for a few years at the end of his career, in Major League Baseball with the Cincinnati Reds. He is a member of the Puerto Rican Baseball Hall of Fame.

Earl Taborn (D. 1996) was a catcher in the Negro leagues, minor leagues and in the Mexican League. He played from 1946 to 1961 with several teams.

All three of these men were teammates on the Kansas City Monarchs in 1946.

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Item: 12513

Price: $1,295.00
Willard Brown Signed AUTO 8x10 photo Baseball HOF Negro Leagues PSA/DNA LOA