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    "There's not an American in this country free until every one of us is free"

    1960's Jackie Robinson Single Signed Baseball, PSA/DNA NM-MT+ 8.5.
    On Jackie Robinson's tombstone in Brooklyn's Cypress Hills Cemetery, just five miles from where Ebbets Field once stood, these words are engraved: "A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives." By that metric, no athlete in American sporting history is more important than the man who took the dangerous first step across baseball's shameful color line. Though Ruth and Cobb may stand taller in the sport's pantheon, from a purely sociological standpoint Robinson has no challenger in significance, and it's no stretch to say that Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and President Barack Obama would have been impossible without the forward momentum Robinson supplied to the cause of racial equality.

    Nearly lost in the massive shadow of that larger context is the brilliance of the man as a player, a decade of Major League service that matches that of the greatest era of Brooklyn Dodgers history. Among players whose Major League careers began after the Second World War, Robinson's .311 lifetime batting average finds him firmly within the top twenty. Six National League Championships in a ten-season span stands as a record to this day, and will likely endure for eternity.

    Presented is a fitting tribute to Robinson's enduring contribution to our national pastime and our nation, a stunningly well-preserved Official Pacific Coast League baseball (in original packaging) earning twin 8/10's from the exacting experts at PSA/DNA for both autograph and baseball. A half-point "bump" for elite aesthetics accounts for the final grade as listed. Full Grading LOA from PSA/DNA, NM-MT+ 8.5. Full LOA from SGC Authentic.


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