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1945 Jackie Robinson Signs Contract Original Wire Photograph
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $348.00
Original wire photograph captures one of the most historic moments in the history of baseball and the civil rights movement: Jackie Robinson signing with the Montreal Royals on October 30, 1945. Robinson is accompanied by Branch Rickey Jr. (head of the Brooklyn Dodger farm system), Lt. Col. J. Romeo Gauvreau (Vice President of the Montreal Royals) and Hector Racine (President of the Montreal Club). This is one of the defining moments in the history of baseball and civil rights in America. This moment represents the first major step towards Jackie Robinson's shattering of baseball's color barrier. Robinson enjoyed a very successful season in 1946 with the Montreal Royals in preparation to being called up to the Dodgers for the start of the 1947 season. It all began on this day in October 1945. The significance of this signing did not go unnoticed at the time. This was a major and very controversial event, well recognized at the time for its momentous significance. Pencil notations on reverse include "5 cols Herald Front Page." The photo caption is typed directly onto the reverse of the photograph. A few light creases do not significantly detract from the exceptional display value of this historic original image. Overall in Very Good to Excellent condition. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $348.00
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