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1955 Topps Jim Pendleton 15 - Braves Card of the Day

Jim Pendleton was treated horribly by the baseball establishment. Pendleton toiled in the Negro Leagues for a few years before the Dodgers signed him to a contract. He played terrific baseball at Montreal but the Dodgers would not find a spot for him. He was blocked by Pee Wee Reese at shortstop, and they already had Jackie Robinson, Don Newcombe and Roy Campanella and frankly, there were only so many spots for a black man on even the most progressive and integrated teams.

At first, the Dodgers had no interest in trading the talented Pendleton, but they relented after the 1952 season sending him to the Braves in a four team deal that also saw Joe Adcock come to Milwaukee. Pendleton had an excellent rookie campaign with the Braves, but his performance fell off in the 1954 season, and he never regained his form again. One wonders how his career would be viewed if he hadn’t been held down in the minors long after he was ready. ⚾