We all know the story about Jackie Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier in 1947 with the Brooklyn Dodgers, and while other MLB teams soon followed suit by signing talents such as Larry Doby, Hank Thompson, Roy Campanella and Satchel Paige, most of the top African-American players of the day were still playing in the Negro Leagues, when the annual "Colored All-Star Dream Game" rolled around in 1948. Offered is a full ticket from the 8/24/48 game featuring the Negro National League All-Stars vs. Negro American League All-Stars. This second of two 1948 Negro Major League All-Star Games took place on August 24th at Yankee Stadium, with the NL squad representing the East, coming out on top by a score of 6-1 over the AL squad, representing the West.
A crowd of 17,928 got to see the best Negro League players that evening, including Monte Irvin, Willard Brown, Minnie Minoso, Joe Black, Quincy Trouppe, Jim Gilliam, Buck Leonard, Bill Cash, Luke Easter, winning pitcher Max Manning and losing pitcher Vibert Clarke. As dedicated ticket chasers well know, full ticket examples from the long gone Negro Leagues are very tough, and tickets from main stage events such as this one, are greatly prized, and given the relatively small attendance figure for the 8/24/48 contest represented here, surviving tickets from this game are surely in short supply. Presenting handsomely, the offered ticket has earned an impressive grade of (EX-MT 6) from PSA. To date, PSA has only graded seven 1948 Negro League All-Star Game full tickets, and this one ranks as "1/2" at the EX-MT level, with two higher.