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BUCK LEONARD - PROGRAM SIGNED CIRCA 1989 - HFSID 291084

BUCK LEONARD Program from the 50th anniversary of the Baseball Hall of Fame, signed on the front cover by the Hall of Fame Negro League slugger Program signed: "Buck Leonard", 30 pages, 8x10. Program for the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, New York, June 9-11, 1989. Signed on front cover.

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BUCK LEONARD
Program from the 50th anniversary of the Baseball Hall of Fame, signed on the front cover by the Hall of Fame Negro League slugger
Program signed: "Buck Leonard", 30 pages, 8x10. Program for the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, New York, June 9-11, 1989. Signed on front cover. 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.

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