Ray Dandridge Hall Of Fame Negro League Signed Baseball

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  • Item Category: Sports
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Nov 01, 2007
  • Channel: Auction House

No Reserve. Original. Ex. - Near Mint Condition. Offered is a gorgeous Baseball signed by Hall Of Fame Star Third Baseman Ray Dandridge. A star of the Negro Leagues, Ray Dandridge could play the "hot corner" with anybody who ever stepped on a baseball diamond.His career is nicely described by the Baseball Library:

"Ray Dandridge was a masterful third baseman, a stylist who could make all the plays. He was smooth and relaxed, with soft hands, a strong arm, and the versatility to excel at any infield position. "People would pay their way in to the game just to see him field," claimed Monte Irvin . Roy Campanella said, "I never saw anyone better as a fielder." Hoyt Wilhelm , who played against Dandridge in Cuba and with him in Minneapolis ( American Association ), asserted, "No matter how the ball was hit, he always made the throw so that he just did get the man at first." Others observed that a train could go through Dandridge's bowlegs, but that a baseball never did.

Dandridge started his pro career with the 1933 Detroit Stars and moved to the Negro National League's Newark Eagles, for whom he starred throughout the remainder of the 1930s. A spray hitter with good bat control, he seldom struck out, and skillfully executed the hit-and-run. In 1935, he hit .368. Looking for more money in 1939, he opted to play in Latin America . He went to Mexico in 1940, and spe
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