SANTURCE CRABBERS 1939 REAL PHOTO TEAM POSTCARD WITH JOSH GIBSON.
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Wednesday, November 9, 2011 1:00:00 AM (20 Minute Clock Begins At Wednesday, November 9, 2011 1:00:00 AM)
Auction #204 - Part I
Item numbers 1 through 1446 in auction 204
See Santurce photo # 1279. 3.5x5.25" showing 18 member team in uniform with bat boy in foreground. This is the earliest team photo of this winter league club issued the same year they were founded. Images include Negro League legend Josh Gibson who was manager along with Dick Seay and Bill Bird. Card has text at bottom from issuer “Cortesia Del Ron Marin Distilled And Bottled By Licoreria Marin Inc., Mayaguez, P. R.” along with photographer text at lower right “C. F. Castro Puerta De Tierra”. Card is postally unused but unused back has scattered tan moisture marks. Front has lt. surface creasing visible in reflected light but creases do not go through card itself. Top and bottom margin edges are missing a few tiny bits of surface emulsion just visible in reflected light. VG overall. The team name is based on the largest Barrio of San Juan, Puerto Rico. The teams line-up included Agustin Daviu, the first Puerto Rican to play organized baseball in the United States and Luis Raul Cabrera. The leagues rules allowed the inclusion of three foreign reinforcements and owner and Shell Oil executive Pedrin Zorilla contacted Bill Bird, Josh Gibson and Dick Seay to fill these spaces. Seay served as player-manager in the early part of the teams first season, leaving the office to Gibson once he arrived until he left the team to play in Venezuela before the season was over. They had their debut on October 1, trading victories with Aguadilla in a double-header. The teams nickname became “Santurce-Marin” during the early 1940s was based on their first sponsor The Marin Rum Company. This postcard is one from a set of eight of winter league teams. From the Richard Merkin Collection and comes with Hake’s COA.
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