ROBERTO CLEMENTE PITTSBURGH PIRATES PRE-MLB DEBUT 1955 SPRING TRAINING PHOTO.
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Auction #213 - Part I
Item numbers 1 through 1062 in auction 213
8x10" original glossy photo showing Pirates manager Fred Haney and five players all in uniform along w/man in a suit in front of the Pirates dugout. At the center is Clemente whose rookie season was 1955 but this spring training photo pre-dates his MLB debut of April 17th of that year making it one of the earliest images of him in a Pirates uniform. The other players are: Roman Mejias, Felipe Montemayor, Lino Donoso and Cholly Naranjo (who did not make the team until 1956 and Haney was fired in 1955 so this date confirms the date of the photo). Reverse has some staining/penciling. Lt. handling/margin wear mostly only visible in reflected light. Remains bright and glossy w/sharp image. Fine. An incredibly historic photo of Clemente at the very beginning of his HOF career. From the Richard Merkin Collection and comes with Hake's COA.
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