Negro Leagues Centennial Team 32 Piece Boxed Postcard Set - Limited Edition of 2,020

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Fans voted at www.facebook.com/negroleagueshistory for the players comprising the Negro Leagues Centennial Team Postcard Set.  The operators of www.NegroLeaguesHistory.com added five additional players.  The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) in Kansas City reviewed and approved the final team.

The Centennial Team consists of 32 individuals – 30 players, a manager and an owner.  These players were the best to play in professional baseball outside of Major League Baseball (MLB) prior to integration in 1947.  Committees for the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown have voted nearly all the members of the Centennial Team into the Hall of Fame beginning in 1971 with Satchel Paige.

The Centennial Team features 11 pitchers, 3 catchers, 5 corner (1B, 3B) infielders, 3 inside (2B, SS) infielders, 7 outfielders, 1 utility player, a manager and an owner.  It is truly an All-Time, All-Star team.  The Negro Leagues teams fielded teams with short rosters – 12 to 15 players.  Therefore, you could imagine this team, split in two, taking the field against each other.

Each player card measures 3.5″ x 5.5″.  The front has a portrait painted by Graig Kreindler, “Painter of the National Pastime” and the 2018 Sports Artist of the year as named by the American Sports Art Museum and Archive.  The reverse of the card has a brief “back story” written by Jay Caldwell concerning the player’s life and/or an event in civil rights he may have dealt with.

In addition to the 32 player cards, there is a Title Card with a brief history of the Negro Leagues and a Checklist Card.

We offer this set as a recognition of these under-appreciated players who truly played in the shadows of a segregated society.  African-Americans largely played on barnstorming teams between 1895 – 1919.  In 1920, Rube Foster founded the first successful Negro League, the Negro National League, to bring organizational structure to black baseball. Foster hoped a league featuring quality black baseball players playing in an profitable, organized structure would one day lead to integration of MLB.  While Foster did not live to see his dream come true, seven Negro Leagues rose and fell between 1920 and 1960 showcasing the best of black baseball players.  These players gained the respect of their professional white contemporaries eventually leading to integration in 1947 when Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier.

  • Each player card measures 3.5″ x 5.5″
  • 32 Card Set
  • Delivered in collector's box
  • Limited Edition of 2,020

Postcard Checklist:
Ray Brown
Leon Day
John Donaldson
Rube Foster
Willie Foster
Jose Mendez
Satchel Paige
Cannonball Dick Redding
Bullet Joe Rogan
Hilton Smith
Smokey Joe Williams
Roy Campanella
Josh Gibson
Biz Mackey
Buck Leonard
Judy Johnson
Ray Dandridge
Mule Suttles
Jud Wilson
Larry Doby
Pop Lloyd
Willie Wells
Cool Papa Bell
Oscar Charleston
Rap Dixon
Pete Hill
Monte Irvin
Turkey Stearnes
Cristobal Torriente
Martin Dihigo
Buck O'Neil
J.L. Wilkinson

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Fans voted at www.facebook.com/negroleagueshistory for the players comprising the Negro Leagues Centennial Team Postcard Set.  The operators of www.NegroLeaguesHistory.com added five additional players.  The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) in Kansas City reviewed and approved the final team.

The Centennial Team consists of 32 individuals – 30 players, a manager and an owner.  These players were the best to play in professional baseball outside of Major League Baseball (MLB) prior to integration in 1947.  Committees for the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown have voted nearly all the members of the Centennial Team into the Hall of Fame beginning in 1971 with Satchel Paige.

The Centennial Team features 11 pitchers, 3 catchers, 5 corner (1B, 3B) infielders, 3 inside (2B, SS) infielders, 7 outfielders, 1 utility player, a manager and an owner.  It is truly an All-Time, All-Star team.  The Negro Leagues teams fielded teams with short rosters – 12 to 15 players.  Therefore, you could imagine this team, split in two, taking the field against each other.

Each player card measures 3.5″ x 5.5″.  The front has a portrait painted by Graig Kreindler, “Painter of the National Pastime” and the 2018 Sports Artist of the year as named by the American Sports Art Museum and Archive.  The reverse of the card has a brief “back story” written by Jay Caldwell concerning the player’s life and/or an event in civil rights he may have dealt with.

In addition to the 32 player cards, there is a Title Card with a brief history of the Negro Leagues and a Checklist Card.

We offer this set as a recognition of these under-appreciated players who truly played in the shadows of a segregated society.  African-Americans largely played on barnstorming teams between 1895 – 1919.  In 1920, Rube Foster founded the first successful Negro League, the Negro National League, to bring organizational structure to black baseball. Foster hoped a league featuring quality black baseball players playing in an profitable, organized structure would one day lead to integration of MLB.  While Foster did not live to see his dream come true, seven Negro Leagues rose and fell between 1920 and 1960 showcasing the best of black baseball players.  These players gained the respect of their professional white contemporaries eventually leading to integration in 1947 when Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier.

  • Each player card measures 3.5″ x 5.5″
  • 32 Card Set
  • Delivered in collector's box
  • Limited Edition of 2,020

Postcard Checklist:
Ray Brown
Leon Day
John Donaldson
Rube Foster
Willie Foster
Jose Mendez
Satchel Paige
Cannonball Dick Redding
Bullet Joe Rogan
Hilton Smith
Smokey Joe Williams
Roy Campanella
Josh Gibson
Biz Mackey
Buck Leonard
Judy Johnson
Ray Dandridge
Mule Suttles
Jud Wilson
Larry Doby
Pop Lloyd
Willie Wells
Cool Papa Bell
Oscar Charleston
Rap Dixon
Pete Hill
Monte Irvin
Turkey Stearnes
Cristobal Torriente
Martin Dihigo
Buck O'Neil
J.L. Wilkinson

Player Biography
N/A

Men's Jerseys

JERSEY SIZE 40 44 48 52 56 60
Size Equivalent S M L XL 2XL 3XL 4XL
Chest 34 - 36" 38 - 40" 42 - 44" 46 - 48" 50 - 52" 54 - 56" 58 - 60"
Waist 28 - 30" 32 - 34" 36 - 38" 40 - 42" 44 - 46" 48 - 50" 52 - 54"
Hip 34 - 36" 38 - 40" 42 - 44" 46 - 48" 50 - 52" 54 - 56" 58 - 60"