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    The season that baseball finally got it right...

    1947 Roy Campanella Signed Minor League Uniform Player's Contract. It was the most transformative season in professional baseball history, one best remembered for the bravery of Jackie Robinson who saved the soul of our National Pastime from its ugly legacy of racial segregation. Waiting in the wings to join Robinson were the greatest stars of the Negro Leagues, some (like Robinson) taking their first tentative steps in the farm system before stepping into the glaring spotlight of the Majors. Chief among this second wave was superstar catcher Roy Campanella, who would claim three National League MVP Awards during his years at Ebbets with Robinson. Here we present the final contract signed by Campy before he made the transition to The Show.

    Campanella had made history with the Nashua Dodgers in 1946 as the first African-American player on a Major League affiliate based in the United States, as Robinson's home ballclub was headquartered north of the border in the more socially liberal city of Montreal. It is also noteworthy that Campanella technically became the first black manager of an integrated team that year, taking over the skipper's role when Nashua (and future Brooklyn) manager Walt Alston was ejected from a game for arguing a call.

    Though this standard player's contract assigns Campanella to Nashua at a salary of $250/month for the 1947 season, the star backstop would advance to the AAA Montreal Royals farm club for the Dodgers this year, where he would follow in Robinson's footsteps before his 1948 ascension to Brooklyn. Joining the boilerplate four-page contract, signed in 10/10 blue ink by Campanella on March 3, 1947, are three other documents filed as this transfer to Montreal was made, each signed by farm club staffers but not by the player himself. All documents exhibit storage folds but no other issues of note. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.







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