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1923 Photo of Jud Wilson of the Baltimore Black Sox

Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $1,265.00

Original photograph (5 x 3 1/2 inches) of Jud Wilson in his Baltimore Black Sox uniform in 1923, the first year of the Eastern Colored League. He is photographed here at the very beginning of his 24 year career that included stops with the Homestead Grays, Pittsburgh Crawfords, and Philadelphia Stars. Wilson was one of the best hitters in baseball history. He led the league in hitting with a .373 average in the 1923 season, and went on to post a lifetime average in the Negro Leagues of .345. Wilson also recorded the highest lifetime average in the Cuban Winter Leagues, .372 for six seasons, including batting titles of .403 in '25-'26 and .441 in '27-8 playing for Havana. Wilson was a star on four championship teams in a six year period between 1929 and 1934 (the '29 Baltimore Black Sox, the '31 Homestead Grays, the '32 Crawfords, and the '34 Phila Stars.) Satchel Paige considered him one to be one of the top two hitters he ever faced in the Negro Leagues (which is not surprising as Wilson hit .375 lifetime against Paige.) Jud Wilson is a lock for selection to the Baseball Hall of Fame when the remaining worthy NL candidates are inducted in the near future. This photo originates from the archives of the Baltimore Afro-American. In Excellent condition. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $1,265.00

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