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Negro League Baseball

"As far back as I can remember I have always loved baseball. I love to watch it…I love to play it…and I love drawing it. My favorite team is the Cleveland Indians. The last time the Indians took it all was in l948. I was only four years old during that season but I remember it as though it were yesterday…Players like Bob Feller, Larry Doby and the ageless Leroy "Satchel" Paige were among my heroes. What I remember most about that season is that it ended with the Boston Red Sox clinching a first place tie with Cleveland. That tie forced a one game, "winner take all" playoff in Boston. The Tribe won that game 8 to 3 thus earning a trip to the "World Series". Cleveland won it all that year…making "happy campers" of the whole city. What an ending to great ride… The Cleveland Indians…World Champions…

It never occurred to me however, that I was witnessing history in the making. How could a little boy know that the so-called color barrier had been broken, changing baseball forever? How could a kid know that the introduction of black ballplayers into the Major Leagues would also mean the demise of the Negro Leagues? All I knew was that the people in my neighborhood were proud of the contributions that were made by the "colored guys" on the team… It was like a right of passage…those guys proved that they belonged…that we belonged…something that had always been instilled in me. "

-Rick Holton

Featuring and autographed by Bobby Avila, Vic Power, Connie Johnson, Willmer Fields, Minnie Minoso and Stanley Glenn.

Negro and Hispanic Baseball Legends
ale: original is not for sale
Size 18 " x 24"
Prints:$300/signed by the players and the artist