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    1947 Satchel Paige Signed Barnstorming Contract. The brave career of Jackie Robinson had supplied a season's worth of evidence to silence the doubters, but this October 26, 1947 contract supplied more fuel to the fires of desegregation, pitting the top ace of the Negro Leagues against the top ace of the Majors. This single typed page signifies Satchel Paige's consent to engage in a pitching duel with the legendary Bob Feller, who Paige would join in Cleveland the following season, and in Cooperstown a quarter-century later. Feller would later remark that "the case for Satchel Paige had been made in part by what baseball people saw in his outstanding performances against my barnstorming team...that good black players could succeed against good white players."

    Paige's signature, and that of organizer W.E. Feistner and a witness, are faded but visible. The page exhibits original storage folds but shows no flaws of significance (though it has not been examined outside of the frame). Visible dimensions are 9x7.5", while framed dimensions are 16x13". Pre-certified by PSA/DNA.

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