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Sylvio Garcia 1947 Negro League Contract and 1938 Mexican League Photo ID

Starting Bid - $400.00, Sold For - $920.00

Sylvio Garcia was the key player on the popular New York Cubans in their 1947 Championship season, and a star player from the 1930's through the late 1940's in the Negro, Mexican and Cuban Leagues. Garcia came very close to being the first black man to play in the majors. He was one of only several players under consideration by Branch Rickey, but Rickey believed it was essential to have a player who could control his temper. Rickey chose Robinson over Garcia because Garcia would not turn his cheek to racial insults. When asked how he would handle such situations, Garcia was clear that he would respond with violence, to defend his honor, and the honor of all black men. As Minnie Minoso was quoted as saying, "He was a tough guy." He was also a great player, but Rickey felt that he had no choice but to go with Robinson. Garcia was elected to the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame in 1975. The following significant documents originate directly from the Garcia family: 1) 1947 Sylvio Garcia New York Cubans Negro National League player's contract. The New York Cubans won the championship in 1947. This is also the year Jackie Robinson broke into the majors, giving this extremely rare Negro League contract an extraordinary added dimension of great significance. This is one of the very few Negro League contracts in existence. The contract is signed by Sylvia Garcia ("10") and countersigned by team owner and Negro League booking magnate Alex Pomez ("10"). In Very Good condition. 2) 1938 Mexican League Photo ID (3 ½" x 5") includes a portrait photo of Garcia in uniform, and is signed by the league secretary and president. All Mexican League players were issued these official identification cards to be carried while traveling. Ex. 3) Also included is a third item, Sylvio Garcia's 1954 Cuban Passport (5 ½" x 4", hardcover) which includes a photo portrait, signature ("10"), and many official stamps documenting Garcia's travel to and from Cuba. Vg-Ex. Total 3 items. LOAs from Mike Gutierrez/GAI and James Spence & Steve Grad/PSA DNA. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $920.00

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