SIGNED PERSONAL ADDRESS BOOK of New York Yankees catcher with many names including Jackie Robinson, Yogi Berra, etc. Elston HOWARD.

SIGNED PERSONAL ADDRESS BOOK of New York Yankees catcher with many names including Jackie Robinson, Yogi Berra, etc.

Hardcover. Small (2-3/4" x 3-3/4") pocket-sized otherwise unremarkable flexible cloth address book but for the fact that it belonged to great New York Yankees catcher Elston Howard who has SIGNED it with his address at the beginning along with another smaller partial signature on the front pastedown. It contains numerous names, phone numbers, and addresses written by Howard including Jackie Robinson, Harry Belafonte, Carmine Basilio, Rocky Colavito, Roy Campanella, Eddie Fisher, Lefty Gomez, Yogi Berra, Ralph Houk, Minnie Minoso, Pee Wee Reese, Bill Skowron, etc., even Yankee Stadium itself. Elston Howard was the first African-American to play for the Yankees, one of the last major league clubs to become integrated. Due to the presence of Yogi Berra behind the plate, Howard played several different positions before he earned a regular job with the Yankees and still managed to be a member of four American League All-Star teams in that time. In 1963 Howard hit a career-high 28 home runs and was voted the American League's Most Valuable Player-- the first black player to win the honor. An excellent fielder and hitter, the nine-time All Star seemed to have only one weakness: speed. His manager Casey Stengel reportedly said of Howard: "I finally get a black guy and they give me the only one who can't run." Howard died in 1980 at the ago of 50. A few loose or detached pages. Backstrip lacking, shaken, but all there and quite scarce. Item #012763

Price: $750.00

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