BUCK LEONARD - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED BASEBALL - HFSID 135323
BUCK LEONARD Signed baseball mounted on a Gallery of History pedestal Baseball signed: "Buck Leonard". Rawlings Official National League baseball, A. Bartlett Giamatti, President. Walter Fenner
Sale Price $324.00
Signed baseball mounted on a Gallery of History pedestal
Baseball signed: "Buck Leonard". Rawlings Official National League baseball, A. Bartlett Giamatti, President. Walter Fenner "Buck" Leonard (1907-1997), a lefthanded power hitter, teamed with legendary slugging catcher Josh Gibson to lead the Homestead Grays to nine consecutive Negro National League championships from 1937 through 1945. The duo was dubbed the "Thunder Twins" by the black press: Leonard was called a black Lou Gehrig, Gibson a black Babe Ruth. While Gibson slugged tape measure home runs, the pull-hitting Leonard, who feasted on fastballs, demonstrated his smooth, powerful stroke by hitting line drives off and over the walls. Leonard was equally smooth and consistent at first base. He was a smart fielder who always made the right play, and a team leader. Leonard, whose Negro League career began in 1933, was offered a Major League contract in 1952, but he felt he was too old to accept. Still, he starred in the Mexican League through 1955. Leonard and Gibson were both enshrined in the Hall of Fame in 1972. Fine condition. Presented in Gallery of History pedestal style: base, 6½x6½x2; ball in 3x3x3-inch case.
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