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1947 Jackie Robinson Original News Photo - First Time in a Brooklyn Dodgers Uniform! - PSA/DNA Type 1
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,440
Historic original news photo capturing Jackie Robinson in a Brooklyn Dodgers uniform for the very first time. Accompanied by an LOA from PSA/DNA certifying it is a "Type 1 Original News Service Photograph." The photo captures Robinson, wearing a Dodgers uniform, shaking hands with his former manager, Clay Hopper of the Montreal Royals, in the clubhouse following an exhibition game between Montreal and Brooklyn at Ebbets Field on April 10, 1947. It was during the fifth inning of that exhibition game that Arthur Mann, assistant to Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey, announced to the press that the Dodgers had just purchased Robinson's contract from Montreal, thereby making Robinson the first African American player in the Major Leagues since Moses Fleetwood Walker in 1884. The photo features an ACME news stamp on the reverse, as well as its original paper news caption, which is dated "4-11-47." The caption reads in part: "Robinson makes the major league. New York, N.Y. Jackie Robinson (right), first Negro to make a major league, bids goodbye to Clay Hopper, manager of Montreal, Dodger farm team, as he leaves the club April 10th to join the Brooklyn Dodgers." This photo was obviously staged for the press immediately after the game on April 10th, because Robinson appears to be still wearing his heavily soiled Montreal pants from the game, but his Dodgers jersey is freshly laundered. The next morning, on April 11th, Robinson officially signed his contract with the Dodgers and made his Brooklyn debut in an exhibition game against the New York Yankees. This photo, however, captures Robinson for the first time ever in a Brooklyn Dodgers uniform, making it a historically significant image. The photo (9 x 7 inches) displays moderate rippling, as well as an approximate 1.5-inch vertical crease that extends from the top border down into Hopper's image. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,440
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