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1945 Baltimore Elite Giants (vs. "All Stars") Program with Campanella in Lineup for Baltimore!
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $840
Baltimore Elite Giants program, issued for a game against a squad of "All Stars," at Bugle Field in 1945. The cover features a large illustration of singer Lena Horne surrounded by smaller images of generic baseball players in action poses. The preprinted lineups include future Hall of Fame catcher Roy Campanella (misspelled "Camponella"; batting third and catching), Butts, Wright, Hoskins, H. Williams, and Dennis for Baltimore, and Rumbling, Barilliar, Mellendick, Lollar, and Tabacheck for the "All Stars." Neatly scored in pencil to record a 6-3 Baltimore victory. Campanella joined the Elite Giants in 1937 at the age of fifteen. Despite his youth, he quickly blossomed into one of the top catchers in the league. A perennial All-Star, Campanella batted .365 and led the league in RBI in 1945. The following season he joined Jackie Robinson in breaking baseball's long-standing color barrier when he signed a minor-league contract with Nashua, in the New England League. He later joined the Dodgers in 1948. Negro League programs, especially those featuring future Hall of Famers, are very scarce and this example is no exception. This is the first example of this attractive 1945 Baltimore Elite Giants program we have ever offered and we have only seen a small number of others over the years. The eight-page program (9.5 x 12 inches) displays three horizontal folds and a small stain on the back cover. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Reserve $200. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $840
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