Baseball Hall of Famer.
Personally owned and used United States Passport. “Passport, United States of America” and the Great Seal are embossed in gold on the front green cover. Issued to “Enos Bradshaw Slaughter” on “Sept. 28th 1953.” His place of birth is listed as “Allensville Township, N.C.” with a date of birth of “April 28, 1916”. Occupation is “Baseball Player”. Inside features a real photo (2.5×2.5) of “Country” and two versions of his signature: “Enos B. Slaughter” and “Enos Bradshaw Slaughter” in blue steel-tip fountain pen. Multiple stamps for Honolulu (pre-state status), Japan, and The Philippines. Passport measures 6×3.75.
Letter of provenance from the Slaughter family.
Passports are a very popular, and uncommon, collecting format. Great example at a very attractive price.
According to an oral history interview from April 7, 1987 that is housed in the Baseball Hall of Fame:
Did some barnstorming, in 1953, Eddie Lopat had an all-star team and they went to Colorado Springs, Denver, Honolulu and four weeks in Tokyo, lost first game 4-3, a kid doubled off of Robin Roberts, they won the rest of them, averaged 36,000 a game; flew to Okinawa, rained 10 straight days, played a service team, beat them 22-3, plane lost a motor and they couldn’t get to Manila, where they were supposed to play before a sell-out crowd, the Philippines military picked them up so they could play, they got in at 9 p.m. and beat the team; they brought the Japanese team from Tokyo, first time the Japanese had been to Manila since WWII, and the all-stars beat them 1-0 in 99%+ humidity, Bob Lemon fell off the mound, a nice trip but his last barnstorming trip; had two little bat girls as chaperones, gave prizes every time they hit a home run; had Eddie Robinson, Nellie Fox, Billy Martin, Pee Wee Reese, Eddie Mathews, Yogi Berra, Gus Niarhos, Jackie Jensen, Hank Bauer, Robin Roberts, Curt Simmons, Mike Garcia, Bob Lemon and Eddie Lopat, great trip; one of the last barnstorming trips over to the Far East, more than 2 million people were in the parade from the airport to downtown, they all road in convertible cars, threw out candy and balloons.