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Pair of Jackie Robinson Photographs Including Historic Early 1947 Photo
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $533.25
Two Jackie Robinson photos, one dating from 1947 and the other taken by noted photographer Barney Stein. 1) Original International News Photos press photo of Jackie Robinson posing with Phillies manager Ben Chapman in 1947. This is a famous photo and one that Chapman was "forced" to take by team officials. Chapman, who was a southerner, was one of Robinson's most vocal detractors in 1947. In an effort to deflect the negative press his vitriolic bench jockeying was bringing to both the Phillies and the city of Philadelphia, Chapman was ordered to pose with Robinson before a game in Philadelphia to help mitigate the situation. As one can see here, Chapman does not appear to be happy with the assignment. A "May 12 1947" date stamp appears on the reverse, as does an International News Photos credit stamp (Cleveland Bureau). The Dodgers had just wrapped up a four-game series against the Phillies on May 11, 1947, which was the second series between the clubs that season. Philadelphia had visited Brooklyn for three games beginning on April 22nd, at which time Robinson was introduced to Chapman's own brand of "southern hospitality." Chapman was eventually fired by the Phillies for ordering one of his pitchers to throw at Robinson the following season. The photo (7 x 8.5 inches) displays light creasing throughout, as well as editorial outlining to the images. In Very Good condition. 2) Undated photo of Robinson showing his bat to an unidentified gentleman. As noted by the credit stamp on the reverse, this photo was taken by Barney Stein, who was the Dodgers official team photographer from 1937 through 1957. The photo (10 x 8 inches) displays a few light surface wrinkles and is in Very Good to Excellent condition. Total: 2 photos. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $533.25
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