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    1940's Josh Gibson Original Photograph, PSA/DNA Type 1 from The Monte Irvin Collection. The greatest slugger in Negro League history shows off his form in this never-before-seen photograph from the collection of his old friend and fellow Hall of Famer Monte Irvin. Irvin described Gibson as the "most imposing man I've ever seen as a hitter...very strong, broad shouldered, and happy go lucky. Confident. Knew he was good but he didn't flaunt it. He just got out and did what he was supposed to do." Here Gibson wears the uniform of the Homestead Grays, the team that remains Gibson's primary association. Dimensions 3.25x4.5". Letter of provenance from Monte Irvin's daughter. LOA from PSA/DNA, Type 1.

    The Monte Irvin Collection

    The story of Jackie Robinson is one of the most important in the annals of American sports history, but that tale is diminished in no way by the insistence that Robinson did not shoulder the weight of history alone. It was only fifteen months after Robinson's debut that the great Monte Irvin made his own, the fourth African-American to wear the uniform of a Major League team, and the first in the history of the Giants franchise.

    Certainly the fight for acceptance, much less equality, was far from over when Irvin took his first brave steps into the maelstrom but, like Robinson, his steady resolve and extraordinary talents were essential tools in righting the sport's most grievous wrong. He remains one of the most significant athletes of any American sport active during the post-war era.

    The lots that follow derive from Mr. Irvin's personal collection, covering a wide range of decades from his youth in the Negro Leagues through his 1973 Hall of Fame induction, and onward through the closing years of his long life as one of baseball's great ambassadors. Each lot will be accompanied by a letter of provenance from Irvin's daughter.


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