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1946-47 Jackie Robinson Collection of 4 Significant Items
Starting Bid - $400.00, Sold For - $1,265.00
Four Jackie Robinson items dating from 1946-47, just prior to his Major League debut: 1) 1947 Jackie Robinson Brooklyn Dodgers spring training in Havana, Cuba program. The Dodgers chose to go to Havana instead of Florida in 1947, to avoid the racism of the United States while breaking in Robinson. Robinson is listed on the Montreal Royals Roster along with other Negro League players Don Newcombe, Roy Campanella, and Roy Partlow, who had been recruited by the Royals for the 1947 season. The plan was already in place to move Robinson up to the parent club following this spring training. It was during this time that a group of players on the Dodgers signed a petition declaring their refusal to play with Robinson, which Pee Wee Reese refused to sign. When manager Durocher learned of the petition, he put an end to the revolt, but was suspended for the season immediately after Spring Training for consorting with gamblers. Nearly all the players who signed that petition, including Dixie Walker, Kirby Higbe, and Eddie Stankey, were gone by the following year. The 16-page program is printed entirely in Sanish, was produced exclusively for Dodger Spring Training games, and is dated February 20 to April 6 on the cover. Includes full page portraits with biographies of several players including Robinson. Two clean punch holes along left edge, otherwise in Excellent condition. 2) Original photograph (8 ¾" x 6 ½") of Jackie Robinson, in his Montreal Royals uniform, jumping and stretching to catch a fly, photo taken during 1947 spring training in Cuba. Stunning image. Various marks, notations, date ink stamps, and captions pasted to reverse relating to publication. Excellent condition. 3) Original photograph (6" x 4") of Jackie Robinson at spring training in Cuba in 1947, with Wendell Smith. Wendell Smith was a writer for the Pittsburgh Courier, a longtime proponent of integration, and the first black writer inducted into the writer's wing of Baseball's Hall of Fame in 1993. The photograph is mounted with the original caption pasted below, on a larger section (7" x 7 ½") of paper which appears to be an original production paste-up for publication. The photograph is in Near Mint condition. 4) May, 1947 edition of Our World features Jackie Robinson on the cover (in a Monarchs uniform, with airbrushed cap). Inside is a feature article with photos entitled A Million Fans Are Asking: What Will Happen to Jackie In '47? Rare, extremely striking, and ideal for display. Cover has a few small tears, still overall Vg-Ex. Total 4 items. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $1,265.00
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