Only 2 Graded by PSA! Important 1916 Zeenut PCL Jimmy Claxton picturing the African-American pitcher during his brief tenure with the Oakland Oaks. Graded Fair 1.5 by PSA. The southpaw was playing for an all-Black squad in the Oakland area when he was introduced to Oaks management. An Oaks player with Native American ancestry introduced Claxton as a fellow member of an Oklahoman tribe. During that era, African-Americans were barred from professional baseball whereas Native Americans were allowed to participate in leagues. According to the record, Claxton broke professional baseball's color line on May 28, 1916, when he pitched both games of a doubleheader. When Claxton's true lineage was discovered, the hurler was promptly fired by the Oaks.
The offered 1916 Zeenut PCL Jimmy Claxton is nearly impossible to find in any condition. Only a dozen total copies have been judged by PSA or SGC and very few have surfaced over the decades. This particular example was uncovered by our consignor in January 2022 when a shoebox belonging to their late father was (re)discovered. Despite horizontal creasing, a bluish tint along the upper portion of the card and a somewhat jagged cut along the coupon section, this antique still exhibits fantastic eye appeal. Evenly worn corners and a clean blank back are further attributes of this historic PCL relic.