Two Autographs of “Mel” Almada, the First Mexican in the Major Leagues.
Lot 49. Two Autographs of “Mel” Almada, the First Mexican in the Major Leagues. Balomero Melo Almada made his debut in the majors with the Boston Red Sox on Sept. 8, 1933. A native of Huatabampo, Sonora, Mexico, Almada grew up in California. The Red Sox signed him out of the Pacific Coast League. An excellent center fielder, he was a solid leadoff hitter. From 1933-39, he played for the Red Sox, Senators, Browns and Dodgers and batted .284 for his career. Almada’s autographs are on a 3” x 5” unlined index card and on a Karl Wingler biography page for the “Baseball Blue Book.” Both are nm-m 8 and authenticated by Kevin Keating. Both are in the Spanish form – “Balomero Melo Almada y Quiros.” Both the index card and biography page contain some additional information on Almada’s career. At the bottom of the page, he added a reference to his brother Louis, who almost beat him to the majors by six seasons. Louie was an outstanding athlete. In a 1927 exhibition game at Wrigley Field of Los Angeles, he struck out Babe Ruth. Signed by the New York Giants, he went to spring training in Florida with the team and made the roster. As the team barnstormed its way up the East Coast to opening day, Louie was injured. He never played in a regular season major league game. Subsequently, he played in the PCL for 10 seasons. Two autographs of younger brother Mel Almada, who died in 1988. Winning Bid $45.