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    1940's-50's Ford Smith Negro League Photograph Archive. Best known as a star pitcher for the 1946 pennant-winning Kansas City Monarchs, John Ford Smith (1919-83) also saw action with the Chicago American Giants, the Indianapolis Crawford, and the famed Santurce squad of the Puerto Rican League. Here we offer his personal scrapbook of photographs and other artifacts related to his fascinating career. Best are an autographed photo of Smith in a Monarchs jersey (signed, "From Convict #1, As Always, John," and an oversized (8.5x15") photo of a brawl between the Santurce team and another with the unbelievable moniker of "Sambo." About twenty photographs in all, with several action shots and other posed photos with notables like Monte Irvin. A telegram regarding contract negotiations and some pieces related to a stint with the 1950 Jersey Giants of the minor leagues closes out the collection.

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