Symbolic of the plight of Negro League baseball stars during segregation in the Major Leagues, not much remains from that lost segment. Comparative to the big leagues, there are scant reminders in terms of statistics, photographs and souvenirs. Somehow, these (3) 1940s Negro League felt pennants have survived nearly 80 years with nary a flaw! Includes:
Homestead Grays: a green felt ¾-size gonfalon with “HOMESTEAD GRAYS” in white applique and a colorful applique design of a batter/catcher scene with a stadium background. The white spine and original green tassels remain intact.
New York Black Yankees: a red felt banner with “N.Y. BLACK YANKEES” arced in white applique and a colorful applique design depicting a baseball scene. The yellow spine and original green tassels are intact.
Philadelphia Stars: a green felt souvenir with “PHILADELPHIA STARS” in white applique and a colorful applique arrangement showing a base runner sliding ahead of the catcher receiving the throw. The white spine and original green tassels remain.
All three are listed as “Rare” in Mike Egner’s 2013 Vintage Pennant Price Guide II. As if that detail is not appealing enough, these pennants are in amazing condition! Applique is at or near 100 percent throughout. Additionally, previous display appears limited, as a tiny pinhole is visible only on the upper left corner of each.