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Martin Dihigo 1958 Typewritten Signed Letter With Handwritten Content and Full JSA

Lot Number 360

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Given his diversity and talent in every last aspect of the game, Hall of Famer Martin Dihigo prompts the question “What if?” perhaps more than any other player obscured by the conditions of the Negro Leagues. The circuit’s home run champion in both 1926 and 1935, Dihigo played all nine positions during his remarkable career and once defeated mound counterpart Satchel Paige while the latter was touring Cuba. As rare as Dihigo’s abilities (specifically, the combination thereof), his signature is among the scarcest in Hall of Fame and Negro League circles. This vintage correspondence piece is not only signed by Dihigo (d.1971), but holds further appeal in that it is addressed to his son, Martin Dihigo, Jr., who also played professionally. Typewritten on both sides of an 8-1/4 x 11” sheet of thin stock typing paper, the letter is dated “15 de Julio de 1958” (the year before Dihigo, Jr. made his minor league debut in the Cincinnati Reds organization). The content is entirely in Spanish. At the conclusion, Dihigo, Sr. has signed in blue ballpoint (“9-10” strength) and has penned an addendum to the letter. Dihigo, Sr.’s message translates to: “Question for Delia at the café. Afterwards tear this letter I don’t want problems with your mom, this is a secret between us men.” The sheet has compacting folds to facilitate mailing. These, however, do not affect Dihigo’s potent scripting. Full photo LOA from JSA.

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