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Duke Slater Handwritten Signed Index Card - First NFL African-American Lineman (1926)

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Asked to recall the greatest moments of his career, pioneering black player Duke Slater (1898-1966) writes of his national championship with Notre Dame, his involvement in an Ernie Nevers blockbuster performance, and his later role as Circuit Court Judge. The 5-3/4 x 3-3/8" index card is EX-MT with handwriting strength averaging "8-9" overall except for a smudge on "Duke."


This autograph request was evidently journalistic in nature, because Slater's answer is directly quoted in an accompanying bio sheet, which reads: "One of the great tackles in NFL history and now an outstanding jurist in Chicago, Fred W. (Duke) Slater was a key figure in the Cardinals' 1925 championship. After a brilliant career at the University of Iowa, where he was a member of the Hawkeyes' national champions of 1921 and an all-American, Slater put in 10 years in the NFL with the Rock Island Independents and the Cardinals, winning all-pro honors on two occasions. He was named to the National Football Hall of Fame in 1951. A member of the Illinois State Bar Association since 1929, he was for 12 years an associate judge of the Municipal Court of Chicago and has been associate judge of the Superior Court of Cook County since 1959. As a member of the Cardinals in 1929, Slater says, 'My greatest football thrill came when the Cardinals defeated the Chicago Bears, 40-6, with the great Ernie Nevers scoring all 40 points.'" Auction LOA from JSA.

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