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Batting Helmet worn by Walter "Buck" Leonard of the Homestead Grays

Batting Helmet worn by Walter "Buck" Leonard of the Homestead Grays

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Red leather wrap around head protector with elastic band. Padding around the inside rim. This was an early version of a batting helmet and was worn under a soft baseball cap. This helmet was worn by Walter "Buck" Leonard of the Homestead Grays of the Negro Leagues. Leonard played first base and batted fourth for the Homestead Grays between 1934 and 1950. He and Josh Gibson were often compared to Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig although Leonard never played in the major leagues. He turned down a contract in 1952 because at 45, he thought he was too old.
Object Name
Helmet
batting helmet
Date made
1953 - 1955
maker
MacGregor
MacGregor
Physical Description
leather (overall material)
fabric, cotton (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 3 3/4 in x 7 in x 4 3/4 in; 9.525 cm x 17.78 cm x 12.065 cm
ID Number
1981.0123.03
accession number
1981.0123
catalog number
1981.0123.03
Credit Line
Gift of Walter F. Leonard
subject
Baseball
negro leagues
Professional
Sports
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Exhibition
Many Voices, One Nation
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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