BUCK LEONARD - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 114504
BUCK LEONARD Sepia photo matted to 12x14, apparently hitting balls to fielders during practice Photograph signed: "Buck Leonard". Sepia, 8x10 image, matted to12x14 overall. Buck Leonard
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Sepia photo matted to 12x14, apparently hitting balls to fielders during practice
Photograph signed: "Buck Leonard". Sepia, 8x10 image, matted to12x14 overall. 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.
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