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1941 Negro Leagues - Barney Brown Signed Puerto Rico Semi-Pro Baseball League Contract for Guayama - Also Signed by Quincy Trouppe

Barney Brown was one of the best left-handed hurlers in the Negro National League. The slick southpaw was a leading pitcher during the late 1930s and 40s  with great control, an awesome screwball and tremendous competitive spirit. He pitched in five East-West All-Star games in four years, appearing in both games played in 1946. He began his professional career in 1931 and, before joining the (New York) Black Yankees, played with the Cuban Stars of the East-West League in 1932. 

Brown spent his winters in Latin America and led the Puerto Rican League in victories twice (1941-42 and 1946-47). In his latter year he won 16 games and had a low ERA of 1.24 for San Juan. He was also good at the plate hitting wise with resonable power and a high walk ratio. He was the best pitcher in Mexico in 1941, with a record of 19-4, and after finishing the season he pitched for Guayama in the Puerto Rican winter league.

Presented is his rare winter baseball "Liga Semi-Professional de Baseball de Puerto Rico" two-page contract signed (on back of first page) by Brown on August 2, 1941. He was the victory leader that season for Guayma!  

Interestingly, baseball player / amateur boxing champ, Quincy Trouppe also signed the contract as a witness. He started his career in the Negro Leagues from 1930-49 as a catcher. He also made an apperance with the Cleveland Indians in 1952. At the time, he was one of the oldest rookies to take the field at Shibe Park at 39.

 

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