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1944 Pittsburgh Crawfords vs. Atlanta Black Crackers Broadside
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $1,185
Colorful cardboard broadside heralding a doubleheader between the Pittsburgh Crawfords and the Atlanta Black Crackers at Municipal Field on Sunday, July 30, 1944. The broadside features a number of Crawford players in batting, fielding, and pitching poses, describing them as the "Baseball Sensations of 1941." The Pittsburgh Crawfords of 1944 were not the same Negro League powerhouse of olden days, when the club's lineup included such notables as Josh Gibson, Satchel Paige, and Cool Papa Bell. Instead, the 1944 club was a semipro club made up of young ballplayers that Gus Greenlee recruited off the sandlots in an attempt to resurrect his once great franchise. The Atlanta Crackers were an independent club at this time as well, despite the fact that they are described on the broadside as an "Associate Member of Negro American League." The broadside (21.75 x 26.75 inches) is lightly toned and displays a number of light creases, as well as a few tiny areas of abrasion. In Very Good condition. Matted and framed to total dimensions of 29.5 x 35 inches. Reserve $200. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $1,185
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