BUCK LEONARD - COLLECTION - HFSID 90741
Sale Price $450.00
Lovely pen desk set with a signed Baseball Hall of Fame Plaque postcard and signed baseball
Comprises: (1) Baseball Hall of Fame Plaque Postcard signed: "Buck Leonard". Color, 3½x5½. Enclosed in 4½x7 case. Fine condition. (2) Baseball signed: "Buck Leonard". Official Rawlings William D. White National League baseball. Fine condition. In 3x3x3 case. 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. Two items. Both items mounted in the Gallery of History style on a 12½x6¼x2 pedestal.
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