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SIGNED CHARLIE PRIDE BALL

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SIGNED CHARLIE PRIDE BALL    INCLUDES BALL CUBE

Pride, Charlie

Career: 1953-58          Position: p
Teams:  Memphis
Red Sox  ('53,   '58),   Bir­mingham Black Barons ('54)

Before embarking on a highly successful ca­reer as a country music singer, Charlie Pride was a pitcher with a "pretty good little curve" for the Memphis Red Sox and the Birmingham Black Barons during the early '50s. He was first discovered when he pitched for a sandlot team against the the Memphis Red Sox. In his first tryout with the Red Sox, he failed to stick with the club, but he was more successful in his second effort. At that time the Negro Amer­ican League was struggling to survive the loss of players to organized baseball and had de­clined to a strictly minor-league status. A mea­sure of the financial status of the league at that time is indicated by an unconfirmed story that Pride and the right fielder were traded for a team bus.