Lot # 25: 1945-46 Caramelo Deportivo #62 Silvio Garcia - Negro Leaguer

Category: Cards: Cuban

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Item was in Auction "Auction #33",
which ran from 6/17/2023 10:00 PM to
6/24/2023 10:00 PM

1945-46 Caramelo Deportivo card #62 of Negro Leaguer, Silvio Garcia. Graded a 1 by PSA. Silvio Garcia is one of the most underappreciated players in baseball history. A big, hulking shortstop and pitcher, he played on a number of important teams such as the 1937 Ciudad Trujillo team with Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, Cool Papa Bell, and others. Silvio Garcia was almost Jackie Robinson: After hearing from his scouts about the dominant Cuban star, Branch Rickey went to Cuba in 1945 to get a look for himself. After seeing him play, Rickey set up a formal meeting to see if Silvio might be the player to break the color barrier. When Rickey asked what Garcia would do if someone was racially taunting him and verbally abusing him regarding the color of his skin, Silvio's response was, "I keel him!" And that ended his chance to break the color barrier which Jackie Robinson would do just two years later.

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