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Ball Caps of the 20th Century - Negro Leagues - NEW YORK CUBANS 1948

For over 40 years Cuban Stars teams wandered the U.S. Finally in 1935 they settled down in New York, winning their only Negro League World Series in 1947. 1948 was a pivotal year in the transition of black players to the majors. Seeing the end coming for the Negro Leagues after Jackie Robinson broke in, the Cubans who had been playing at the Polo Grounds became the only Negro League team ever to be affiliated with an MLB organization, the NY Giants. Our cap celebrates Minnie Minoso’s last year with the Cubans before coming up with the Indians and a storied career in Chicago. He was the first Black Cuban in the majors the first black player in White Sox history, and as a rookie in 1951 made the All-Star Game.

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