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Title Membership card (metal): Thomas Carey, Association of Professional Baseball Players of America, Life Membership (Win Clark, Secy.); issued ca. 1955 to 1959.
Object Name Card, Membership
Catalog Number 2015.010.0006
Collection Hoboken Baseball Collection
Credit Gift in memory of Irene Beyer, sister-in-law, by daughter Mary Anne Beyer-Tweed.
Scope & Content Membership card, gold (metal): Thomas Carey, Association of Professional Baseball Players of America, Life Membership, No. 928. (Win Clark, Secretary); issued circa 1955 to no later than 1959.

Two-tone bronze-tone stamped metal sheet, 2-1/8" high x 4" wide; Carey name and membership number engraved; logo of association in red, white and blue. With: leather storage sleeve.

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Hoboken native Carey played baseball for 8 seasons in the major leagues starting in 1935 and ending in 1946 interrupted by three years spent in World War II service in the U.S. Navy, 1943-1945.
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According to the Association website, members paying dues for twenty years would then make them "Life Member" and dues would no longer need to be paid by them.

Secretary Win Clark died in office in April 1959. When Carey joined the group is unstated. It would appear that he probably became a member in 1935 when he was called up to the major leagues.
Notes From FAQ at http://www.apbpa.org/

Q. How do I become a Life Member?
A. You become a Life Member by paying dues for 20 years. No dues are paid after that, and you receive a Gold Membership Card, signifying your long association with the Game.
People Carey, Tom
Date 1955-1959
Year Range from 1955
Year Range to 1959
Search Terms Association of Professional Baseball Players of America
Caption card
Imagefile 322\20150100006.TIF
Classification Baseball
Charity