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    1960 Branch Rickey Signed Letter to Walter O'Malley. In his many roles in baseball over several decades, Branch Rickey made numerous important improvements to the game, and of course, was the first man to sign an African-American (Jackie Robinson) to a major league contract. As the President of the Continental League in 1960, it was Rickey's goal to expand professional baseball by including a third league for MLB. The league was to begin in 1961, but disbanded in 1960 before any games were played. It did, however, jump start MLB expansion.

    The offered letter was sent by Rickey to Dodgers President Walter O'Malley requesting an earlier meeting with the National League before the 1960 World Series. Rickey addresses the idea of expansion, and in fact, three of the Continental League cities were soon granted Major League teams. Rickey's signature appears in 7/10 ballpoint pen. Pre-certified by PSA/DNA. Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication.

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