Canadian pitcher was first black man on a baseball card

By Benjamin Hill / MLB.com02/22/2010 10:00 AM ET.

Jimmy Claxton 4th from left top rowZeenut Baseball cards are highly sought after by collectors — for good reason.

The San Francisco-based candy company issued sets of Pacific Coast League trading cards between 1911-38. This was before the westward expansion of Major League Baseball, during a time when the PCL was widely recognized as a third Major League.

According to vintage baseball card expert Andy Broome of Beckett Media, Zeenut issued many memorable cards during its prolific 28-year run. Highlights included banned Hollywood star Roscoe Arbuckle, a late-career Jim Thorpe and Joe DiMaggio as a member of the PCL’s San Francisco Seals. Read more HERE.