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Roberto Clemente 1952-53 Santurce Crabs ROOKIE Team Montage

Roberto Clemente 1952-53 Santurce Crabs ROOKIE Team Montage

Perhaps the earliest image of an 18-year-old Clemente in organized baseball is this photo montage of the 1952-53 Santurce Cangrejeros (Crabs), his 1st pro team. Clemente, who squeezed a rubber ball every day while in high school to build up his throwing arm, signed with the Crabs for $60 a month, a $5,000 bonus and a new glove. He proceeded to hit .356 that season, becoming a national sensation, and would sign a big league contract a year later. 8 x 10 montage shows Roberto along the bottom, with teammates that include Puerto Rican players, a few big leaguers and Negro league stars Bus Clarkson, Dick Seay and Bob Thurman. Illustration of team "crab" in center wearing a "City Champ" crown. Minor edge creasing o/w NRMT and the only one we have ever seen.

Past Sports Card, Memorabilia, Non-Sports Card and Collecitble Auction Items

Other past auction items that may be of interest to you.

1957 Roberto Clemente Game Used Glove
1956 Roberto Clemente Signed Players Contract and Signed Rookie Documents (7 pieces)
1960 Roberto Clemente Game Used World Series Bat (35")
1965 Roberto Clemente Game Used All Star Game Bat
1960 Roberto Clemente Game Worn Batting Helmet
Roberto Clemente Signed Last Game Used Bat from Forbes Field
Roberto Clemente's Last Game Program and Ticket
1970 Roberto Clemente Game Worn Cap