Praised in several dialects for his performances at literally every position on the baseball diamond, Martín Dihigo was appropriately dubbed (among other flattering titles) “The Immortal,” “El Maestro” and “The Master” and remains the lone player ever inducted into the American, Cuban and Mexican Baseball Halls of Fame. This 1946 contract was signed by Dihigo in his capacity as a Cuban baseball executive (though he was still an active player at the age of 40 at that time). The 8-3/8 x 10-7/8” crisp sheet has printed content and handwritten specifics, all of which are composed in Spanish. An application for membership in Cuba’s Baseball Association, the document features a period black-and-white headshot of the applicant, Antonio Rodriguez, and is signed at the bottom by Dihigo (blue ballpoint, “8-9” strength). Full photo LOA from PSA/DNA. This item has a reserve (estimated value: $4000-$6000).
Amazingly, the crisp sheet has no compacting folds (inherent to documents of any era) and has survived nearly 70 years in its original state. Rodriguez’ above-mentioned photo is adhered to the top and is partially covered with the vintage “Asociason Nacional de Peloteros Profesionales de Cu8ba” stamping. There are scattered age-induced toning spots, none of which affect or are near Dihigo’s magnificent scripting.
As for the applicant, Rodriguez is likely the same player listed as having played for the 1941 Mexico City Reds, as his previous suitors (one of which is “Mexico”) are handwritten on this contract