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1947 Brooklyn Dodgers Opening-Day Ticket Stub from Jackie Robinson's Historic Major League Debut
Starting Bid - $2,000, Sold For - $7,110
Exceedingly rare ticket stub from Jackie Robinson's first regular-season Major League game, on April 15, 1947, at Ebbets Field. Despite the advancements made the year before, which witnessed Robinson becoming the first African American player in organized baseball since Moses Fleetwood Walker in 1889, it wasn't until Robinson took the field on opening day in 1947 (in a game against the Boston Braves) that baseball's long-standing color barrier was officially broken. In many ways, it remains the most significant day in baseball history. Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig summed it up well in 2004: "I have often stated that baseball's proudest moment and its most powerful social statement came on April 15, 1947 when Jackie Robinson first set foot on a Major League Baseball field. On that day, Jackie brought down the color barrier and ushered in the era in which baseball became the true national pastime." This is the first example of this historic ticket we have ever offered and we can only recall having seen two others at public auction (one sold for $11,352 in 2009 and the other commanded $9,000 in 2010). Robinson, who played first base and batted second in the order that day, went hitless in his first game; however, he did reach base on an error in the seventh inning and eventually scored the go-ahead run for the Dodgers, who scored three runs that frame to erase a 3-2 deficit. A crowd of 25,623 fans were in attendance that day, including an estimated 14,000 African Americans who proudly watched Robinson courageously change the course of baseball history. The ticket stub (1.25 x 3 inches), which is clearly stamped "Opening Day 1947" in red lettering, displays a corner chip in the upper right and a roughly torn bottom border, as well as a few minor creases. In Good to Very Good condition overall. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $5,000+. SOLD FOR $7,110
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