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.
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