Willie Mays & Manager – Herman Franks 1954 Original TYPE I photo Santurce Puerto Rico Baseball PSA/DNA

After Willie Mays made his incredible “CATCH” in the 1954 New York Giants World Series win, Mays headed down to Puerto Rico for the 1954-55 winter league; in which Mays played with Santurce. This team is particularly noted for having both Mays and Clemente in the same outfield. Mays tore up the league. He led the team to the title, won the batting crown with a .395 average. He would only play one season there before swearing off of playing outside the continental USA.

Herman Franks, a former Major League ballplayer would manage and coach in the big leagues; including with the New York Giants.  Franks managed what is arguably known as the best Winter League team ever, the 1954-55 Santurce Crabbers. The team featured an all-star Major League and ex-Negro League lineup including: Willie Mays, Roberto Clemente, Bob Thurman, Bus Clarkson, Don Zimmer, Ron Samford, George Crowe, Valmy Thomas, Ruben Gomez and "Toothpick" Sam Jones.

Offered is an original TYPE I photo that measures 7” x 9” in size stamped on the back by International News Photos.  Also has an original Central Press Association October 18, 1954 stamp. This super rare photo shows Mays and Herman Franks donning their Santurce Cangrejeros uniforms.  Original paper caption still attached

Any original TYPE I photos of Mays in his Puerto Rican uniform are exceedingly rare!

This photo has been encapsulated by PSA/DNA as a TYPE I original photo and additionally comes with a full LOA from PSA/DNA



Item: 10994

Price: $1,995.00
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Willie Mays & Manager – Herman Franks 1954 Original TYPE I photo Santurce Puerto Rico Baseball PSA/DNA