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Daniel Robert Bankhead (May 3, 1920 – May 2, 1976), was the first black pitcher in Major League Baseball. After a strong career Negro league baseball playing for the Memphis Red Sox, he was signed at age 24 by Branch Rickey to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers This Is Bankhead’s U.S Marine paper, from 1946 when he was issued honorable discharge due to his excellent service for our Country. Not only did Bankhead sign it but has his fingerprint as well! Even though in rough condition, a rare signature to have nonetheless a fingerprint as well. A Great piece of both baseball and U.S history!
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