Profiting from “extracurricular” ventures that included a Manhattan cigar shop and an underground lottery, Negro League executive Alex Pompez was one of the circuit’s most innovative figures, presiding over the New York Cubans franchise from 1916 through 1950. In addition to showcasing his talent as integration approached, Pompez sought fair treatment for his players, as evidenced by this telling 1946 correspondence composed and signed by Pompez (d.1974). Typewritten on an 8-1/2 x 11” sheet of “New York Cubans” letterhead, the letter has content requesting lodging for Pompez' players, who were not welcome at most hotels. At the conclusion, Pompez' bold blue-ink scripting projects (“8-9”) strength and ranks as one of the tougher Cooperstown pennings! Full photo LOA from JSA. More on our website.
Dated “JUNE 28/46,” the letter reads (in full):
This is to confirm the games for July I7 I8 I9 at Norfolk Portsmouth Newport News Va, Birmingham Vs New York Cubans
I also will like for you to try to get me rooms in Norfolk at private familys (sic) as before the boys want to stay in Norfolk
Send me the confirmation for all this dates because I want to send it to the Birmingham Club, thanks.
Yours Very Truly
(signed) Alex Pompez”
The crisp page had normal mailing folds, none of which affect Pompez’ magnificent signature.