GOVERNOR JULIAN M. CARROLL - DOCUMENT SIGNED 07/02/1979 CO-SIGNED BY: RAY DANDRIDGE, JUDY JOHNSON, MONTE IRVIN, LEON DAY, GENE BENSON, JIMMY DORAN, JAKE STEVENS, CLINT THOMAS, TED PAGE, DON MAYS, QUINCY TROUPE, JR., DREXELL R. DAVIS - HFSID 276049
JULIAN M. CARROLL, DREXELL R. DAVIS, RAY DANDRIDGE, JUDY JOHNSON, MONTE IRVIN, GENE BENSON, LEON DAY, TED PAGE, CLINT THOMAS, JIMMY DORAN, DON MAYS, JAKE STEVENS and QUINCY TROUPE, JR. Two State
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JULIAN M. CARROLL, DREXELL R. DAVIS, RAY DANDRIDGE, JUDY JOHNSON, MONTE IRVIN, GENE BENSON, LEON DAY, TED PAGE, CLINT THOMAS, JIMMY DORAN, DON MAYS, JAKE STEVENS and QUINCY TROUPE, JR. Two State of Kentucky officials and several Negro League players sign a certificate commissioning Negro League player Quincy Trouppe as a "Kentucky Colonel". Partly Printed DS: "Julian M. Carroll" as Governor of Kentucky and "Drexell R. Davis" as Secretary of State of Kentucky and "Leon Day", "Monte Irvin", "Gene Benson", "Jimmy Doran", "Ray Dandridge", "Jake Stevens", "Clint Thomas", "Ted Page", "Judy Johnson" and "Don Mays", 1p, 10x15. Frankfort, Kentucky, 1979 July 2. Official document conferring the Commission of "Kentucky Colonel" on Quincy Troupe. In full: "Commonwealth of Kentucky/Julian M. Carroll/Governor/To all Whom These Presents Shall Come, Greeting: Know Ye That Honorable Quincy Trouppe, Los Angeles, California Is Commissioned A Kentucky Colonel/I hereby confer this honor with all the rights, privileges and responsibilities thereunto appertaining. In testimony whereof, I have caused these letters to be made patent, and the seal of the Commonwealth to be hereunto affixed. Done at Frankfort, the 2nd day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and 79 and in the one hundred and 88th year of the Commonwealth". 2½-inch diameter gold foil seal with two blue ribbons attached affixed at lower left margin. Lightly creased with folds, light crease at the upper portion of Dandridge's signature. Stray ink marks at the "ia" of Julian, slightly soiled at blank areas. Shaded at perimeter, touching the "G" in Gene and the upper portion of Dandridge's signature. Overall, fine condition. Accompanied by "Affidavit of Identity/Letter of Authenticity" signed: "Quincy Troupe" by Trouppe's son, Quincy Jr., 1p, 8½x11. No place, 2005 December 6. Trouppe's son, Quincy, Jr., authenticates the Kentucky Colonel document, stating: "1. My father, Quincy Trouppe, played in the Negro and South American Leagues from 1930-1952. In 1952 he played for the Cleveland Indians of the Major Leagues, and went on to be a scout for the St. Louis Cardinals for ten years. 2. I, Quincy Trouppe, Jr., do attest that this is the original Commonwealth of Kentucky Colonel Commission document awarded to my father, Quincy Trouppe and signed by 10 Negro League players." A copy of the document is imprinted at lower margin. Lightly creased. Minor ink smudge at lower right margin, light soiling at lower margin. Fine condition. QUINCY TROUPPE, a star catcher and power hitter in the Negro Leagues and the Mexican League and Canadian Provincial League, appeared in six games for the 1952 Cleveland Indians. He also managed the Cleveland Buckeyes to Negro American League titles in 1945 and 1947 and was a nationally recognized amateur boxer. His son, QUINCY TROUPE, JR. (spelled with one "p"), became a prominent Black poet and author. Elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives (1961) and to the House's speakership (1968), JULIAN MORTON CARROLL (born in 1931) was elected Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky in 1971. When Governor Wendell Ford resigned to take a U.S. Senate seat in 1974, Carroll became Governor. He won election to a full term in 1975, serving until 1979. In 1978, Carroll chaired the National Governors' Conference. Returned to the Kentucky Senate in 2004, Carroll was rumored to be considering another run for Governor in 2007. DREXELL R. "DREX" DAVIS was Secretary of State of Kentucky from 1976-1980 and 1984-1988. A former Clerk of the Kentucky Court of Appeals (1964-1968), Davis also served as Treasurer of Kentucky from 1972-1976 and 1980-1984. Diminutive, bowlegged Hall of Famer RAY DANDRIDGE (1913-1994) was one of the best defensive third basemen in the history of the Negro National League, playing for the Detroit Stars, Nashville Elite Giants, Newark Dodgers, Newark Eagles and New York Cubans. He also spent eight summers in the Mexican League and 11 winters in the Cuban Winter League. After baseball's color line was broken in 1947, MONTE IRVIN (1919-2016) was one of the first Black players signed by the Giants. He was a five-time Negro League All-Star and MVP of the Mexican League. Irvin led the National League in RBIs in 1951 and starred in the World Series that year, hitting .458 and stealing home. The co-author of several baseball books, Irvin was elected to baseball's Hall of Fame by the Negro League Committee in 1973. JUDY JOHNSON (1899-1989), who played in the Negro League from 1921-1938, was a star third baseman in the 1920s and 1930s. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1975. GENE BENSON (1913-1999), an outfielder in the Negro Leagues, mentored Jackie Robinson before Robinson broke baseball's color barrier. Benson, who debuted with the Philadelphia Stars in 1937, also played with Pittsburgh before returning to the Stars, batting .327, .370 and .345 from 1944-1946. LEON DAY (1916-1995), a pitcher in the Negro Leagues, played for the Baltimore Black Sox, the Booklyn and Newark Eagles and the Baltimore Elite Giants. He appeared in a record seven East-West All Star Games from 1935-1946, and Day had a perfect season (13-0) while playing for the Newark Eagles in 1937. Outfielder TED PAGE, who was known as "Terrible Ted", was a feared baserunner. He played for such elite Negro League teams as the 1931 Homestead Grays and the 1932-1934 Pittsburgh Crawfords, batting .316 in recorded Negro League games. CLINT THOMAS, who played second base and then outfield in the Negro Leagues, played on a number of teams, including the Detroit Stars, the Bacharach Giants, the New York Lincoln Giants and the New York Black Yankees. A power hitter and excellent runner, both between the bases and in the field, Thomas was a key player in the 1923-1925 Eastern Colored League championships. Worthy of further research. Two items.
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