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1955 Martin Dihigo Signed Book

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,700

Spanish-language book, titled Itzcoatl Primer Forjador de Patria by Ruben Garcia (Mexico, 1951) signed on the interior by Hall of Famer Martin Dihigo. This book originates directly from Dihigo's personal library, as noted by his blue-ink inscription on the front leaf that reads "Este libro es/propiedad/de Martin Dihigo/Jalapa, Mexico/Diciembre 26 1955." Both the text and signature grade "3/4" due to water staining, which has resulted in both fading and bleeding to the inscription. Dihigo's signature is exceedingly rare today because he lived most of his life in his native Cuba. Therefore he was simply not accessible to most collectors. Dihigo was one of the Negro League's greatest stars and is considered by many to be the greatest all-around player to ever play the game of baseball. He was also extremely versatile, starting at every position on the field at some point in his career. Equally adept at the plate or on the mound, he lead the Negro League in home runs on three separate occasions while also compiling over 200 wins. He began playing in the United States at the age of eighteen with the Cuban Stars before later joining the famous Homestead Grays. In addition to the Stars, he also played for the Philadelphia Hilldales and Baltimore Black Sox before leaving the United States in 1936. He continued playing baseball in the Mexican League and other various Latin American countries before finally returning to Cuba in the early 1950s, where he served as the country's minister of sports until his death in 1971. In 1977 he became the first Cuban to be elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame. The paperback book (4.5 x 7 inches) displays water staining throughout and is in Fair to Good condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA.  Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $2,700

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