Desert Mashie Club 1956 Golf Tournament Invitation to Jim Mitchell, The Black Panther, African-American

By: (Jim Mitchell, The Black Panther)

Price: $300.00

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Book Condition: Very Good+


This lot consists of the Invitation Form for the 1956 Desert Mashie Club Invitational Golf Tournament, a handwritten invitation to Jim Marshall, the Black Panther, and the envelope addressed to Marshall.The Desert Mashie Club was formed in 1946 by four African-American businessmen who had trouble finding places to play golf because of segregation. One public course in the Phoenix area allowed blacks to play. From this start the Desert Mashie Club became a premier event for black amateur golfers and still exists today as one of the oldest golf organizations in Arizona. I believe this club was featured several years ago on 60 Minutes. Along with the 8.5X11 printed form is a handwritten letter from the Club with a personal invitation to black professional wrestler, Jim Mitchell, who was known as The Black Panther. Before the 1960's organization, before the 2018 movie, Jim Mitchell was the Black Panther. Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Mitchell became a professional wrestler in the late 1930's. He was the first African-American in the sport became a nationally-known figure. He famously feuded with Gorgeous George. He was a pioneer, integrating a sport that had features only white athletes. This letter to Marshall, with the accompanying envelope, addressed Mr. Jim (Black Panther) Mitchell. The letter and the printed form make a truly meaningful group of associations having to do with segregation, Civil Rights, golf and professional wrestling, suggesting the many different ways that African-Americans had to work for equal rights. The material here also makes known an almost forgotten African-American star and the original Black Panther. ; Square 4to 9" - 11" tall; 3 pages

Title: Desert Mashie Club 1956 Golf Tournament Invitation to Jim Mitchell, The Black Panther, African-American

Author Name: (Jim Mitchell, The Black Panther)

Categories: African - American,

Publisher: Glendale, Desert Mashie Club: 1956

Binding: Letter

Book Condition: Very Good+

Seller ID: 16651

Keywords: African - American Black Negro Golf Segregation Sports Race Wrestling