Martin Dihigo’s greatness is well chronicled. In a professional playing career that spanned from 1923-1947, “El Maestro” was known as the most athletic and dynamic player in Negro League history. His prowess was not limited to just one league. In 1938, he threw the first no-hitter in the history of the Mexican League, hit over .300, and led the league in strikeouts.
Dihigo’s signature remains scarce and difficult to obtain. Although he was an obliging signer to autograph requests in person and by mail to his native Cuba, American collectors had little interest in obtaining or recognizing his significance.
His playing career ended before autograph collecting became widespread and was posthumously inducted into Cooperstown in 1977, six year after his death.
Martin Dihigo ranks among the most overlooked and under appreciated members of the Hall of Fame.
His Hall of Fame plaque reads. “Most versatile of Negro League stars. Played in both summer and winter ball most of his career. Registered more than 260 victories as a pitcher. When not on the mound he played outfield or infield, usually batting well over .300. Managed during and after playing days.”