During the 1950 season, George Todhunter was a member of the semi-pro Fort Wayne Capeharts team. In 1950, the Capeharts were in the midst of preparing to defend their 1949 National Semi-Pro Baseball Championship. Many of the players were working at other jobs and could not join the team for the tournament. Thus, several new players were added, including Negro Leagues great, Jim LaMarque and future MLB player Pat Scantlebury. The Capeharts won the tournament and were then invited to Japan to play in the "1st Inter-Hemispheric Series".
This baseball card was part of a set produced in honor of the series. It was originally a third prize winner card on a display sheet, and thus is much larger than the Jim LaMarque base card from the same set that we offered in Auction 65. Todhunter is depicted in his Capeharts uniform, with his name printed in Japanese at upper right.
George Todhunter was a shortstop who played in organized baseball, starting in 1939 with the Class D Findlay Ohio Oilers, and gradually worked his way up the chain. In 1943, his last year in organized ball, he was a member of the Atlanta Crackers of the Southern Association. After the war, he played only semi-pro baseball.
This Capeharts card set was unknown to the hobby until December 2022. At this point, this card is one of only two examples known to exist.
Size: 3" x 4 1/2"
Condition: A crease at the lower left corner, and a chip at the lower right corner. The back contains extra paper and glue, as it was originally offered by the manufacturer as a third prize card on a display sheet. Any copy of this card will have similar extra paper and glue on the blank back.