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    1946 Roy Campanella Double-Signed Class B Danville Dodgers Player's Contract. It is typically Campy's teammate and fellow Hall of Fame immortal Jackie Robinson who garners all the credit for the sport's racial integration, but the contract offered here represents another key step in curing baseball's most egregious sin. With Robinson representing Triple-A Brooklyn Dodgers farm club the Montreal Royals in 1946, Campanella (along with fellow Ebbets-bound superstar Don Newcombe) became the first black ballplayer representing a Major League affiliate within the borders of the United States. Furthermore, after future Brooklyn manager Walter Alston was tossed by an umpire during the 1946 Nashua season, Campy assumed managerial duties for the conclusion of the contest, becoming the first African-American to manage white players in a professional game. He would call Don Newcombe to the plate as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning, the result a game-tying two-run homer in the eventual comeback victory.
    This contract was signed by Campy to appear with the Danville Dodgers club for the sum of $185 dollars per month in 1946. We searched the archives and could not find Campy with the affiliate during his Minor League career. The Hall of Fame backstop signed twice in 10/10 pencil and dated the endorsement "March 16, 1946." A newspaper article outlining his signing with the team is glue affixed to a piece of Dodgers stationery to complete the package. Regular mail folds appear on the contract. Full LOA from PSA/DNA.

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