As a 22-year-old, Chico Barbon left his native land of Cuba to join the Hankyu Braves in 1955, after batting .283 in 42 games for two Brooklyn Dodgers farm clubs, the Bakersfield Indians and Hornell Dodgers in 1954. Abe Saperstein, owner of the Harlem Globetrotters, presided over Barbon's signing to play in Japan. Chico ultimately played 11 seasons in the Land of the Rising Sun. Rather than returning to Castro's Cuba after his playing career ended, Barbon remained in Japan, where even today, he is a prominent member of the Japanese baseball scene.
The autographed baseball offered here is stunning, with a bold, mint signature in black marker on a snow white baseball.
Size: Regular baseball size
Condition: Baseball--Mint. Autograph--10 out of 10.