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1943 Baltimore Colored Giants vs. Pacific Coast All Stars Gilmore Field Unmarked Scorecard

Lot Number 569

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A nightclub owner whose brief minor league baseball career spanned all of 11 games, Joe Pirrone was the most prominent figure in California’s Winter Baseball League. The circuit thrived from the late-1800s until 1947, and while the teams weren’t integrated, the league itself was, allowing black teams to compete against white teams. This scorecard hails from the 1943 season. While Negro League artifacts of any kind are decidedly rare, this souvenir is even more appealing in that it can be linked to a specific event and venue and features unmarked scoring grids! Measuring 7 x 11-1/4”, the thick stock item features a “10c” asking price and ads for Southern California establishments on the front and back covers. Issued at Gilmore Field (the former simultaneous home of the Pacific Coast League’s Hollywood Stars and Los Angeles Angels), the center pages feature unmarked scoring grids with pre-printed identifiers listing the Pacific Coast All Stars and Baltimore Colored Giants. By most accounts, Negro League teams usually prevailed in these exhibitions. It’s likely that this contest was no exception, as the Giants had a lineup that included Cool Papa Bell, Buck Leonard, Ted Radcliffe and Satchel Paige. Paige, incidentally, holds the Winter League’s all-time wins record with 56. The Pacific Coast Stars, meanwhile, had Andy Pafko in the cleanup slot. Also listed are Jimmy Adair and Charlie English, who toiled in the minors for 13 and 12 years, respectively, after their Major League careers had ended. The item presents nicely, with minor chips along the right edge, as well as a vertical compacting fold which was common to most stadium-issued scorecards of this era. This is undoubtedly a rare survivor and a welcome addition to any Negro League collection.



 
 
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