Leon Day

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Birthdate 10/30/1916
Death Date 3/13/1995
Debut Year 1934
Year of Induction 1995
Teams Negro Leagues
Position Pitcher

Negro League star Leon Day died of a heart attack in March, 1995, just six days after learning of his election to the Baseball Hall of Fame. 

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Leon Day autograph on the reverse of a Satchel Paige HoF plaque postcard

Leon Day autograph on the reverse of a Satchel Paige HoF plaque postcard

Leon Day never saw his Hall of Fame plaque and likewise never signed a postcard bearing its image. Shown here is a Day autograph on the back of the HoF plaque of fellow Negro League pitcher Satchel Paige.
Day charged autograph seekers $5 per signature late in his life

Day charged autograph seekers $5 per signature late in his life

Shown here is a check made out to and endorsed by Leon Day. Day was a willing signer through the mail as interest in the Negro League players gained momentum. Charging a small sum of $5 per autograph, Day
Leon Day's autograph endorsed on the check

Leon Day's autograph endorsed on the check

Day endorsed the back of this check when he cashed it, providing an autograph seeker of an additional signature. Day is noted for pitching a perfect season in 1937 (13-0) while playing for the Newark Eagles. That season he also hit .320 at the plate.
Leon Day autographed 3x5 index card

Leon Day autographed 3x5 index card

Oddly enough clean index cards signed by Day aren’t completely prevalent in the hobby. Day signed for years at shows and through the mail. A quick search of eBay reveals much less 3×5 cards than most other sought after players who died as late as 1995.

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