In 1952, Jimmy Newberry and John Brittain, two veterans of the Negro Leagues, became the first African Americans to play in postwar Japan Pro Baseball. Newberry had already spent five years pitching for the Birmingham Black Barons
when Harlem Globetrotters owner, Abe Saperstein, who owned his contract, made arrangements for Newberry and Brittain to play in Japan for the Hankyu Braves. Newberry, a pitcher, did quite well, winning 11 games with a 3.22 ERA. While Brittain stayed in Japan for the 1953 season, Newberry returned to the U.S. Well past his prime, he pitched four years in American Class B and Class C leagues before retiring after the 1956 season. Jimmy Newberry's story is an
important chapter for both Japan Pro Baseball, and for racial progress. While we have had a number of JBR 28 Brittain cards in our auctions in the past, this is our first time to offer a JBR 28 Newberry. Blank Backed except for a
manufacturer's 3rd prize winner stamp.
Size: 1 3/4" x 2 1/2"