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    1946 Montreal Royals Team Signed Baseball with Jackie Robinson. While 1947 is commonly recognized as the year that Jackie Robinson made his historic step across baseball's color line, that's actually not technically accurate. The future Hall of Famer's assignment to the Dodgers' AAA farm club Montreal Royals of the International League serves as the true milestone, and Robinson's 1946 spring training with the club supplied his first taste of the hardships to come. Robinson was denied entry to hotels and even ballparks in the Deep South, the Jacksonville, Florida stadium padlocked shut without warning on game day to protect the institutionalized bigotry that poisoned the first eight decades of the professional game. This artifact represents the most significant turning point in the history of modern sport, the fulcrum upon which our National Pastime began its pivot toward the light. Jackie's signature is 4/10 beneath a coating of shellac on the provided International League sphere. Future Dodgers Dixie Howell and Spider Jorgensen are here as well. Herman Franks is secretarial. Twenty-four autographs total. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication. Pre-certified by PSA/DNA.

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