A brilliant fielder with a canon for an arm, Ray Dandridge also hit for a high average.
Two years after Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier, Dandridge played for the New York Giants Triple-A Minneapolis Millers
Already 36 years old, Dandy hit .362 with 144 hits and 64 RBI in only 99 games. He also led American Association third basemen in fielding percentage.
For that he was selected as the league’s Rookie of the Year. The following season he was even more dominant and won the league’s MVP Award.
Looking back one would think that such a performance would lead to a big-league promotion to the Giants. Historians say there may have been an informal quota system that kept Dandridge and others from ever playing in the Majors.
In this handwritten letter Ray Dandridge gives famed bat company Hillerich and Bradsby permission to produce two dozen of his bats.