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    The moment that the soul of our national pastime was saved!

    1947 Jackie Robinson Joins the Brooklyn Dodgers Original News Photograph, PSA/DNA Type 1. "They want to see your pride, your dignity" Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey told Robinson as he set him on a course toward his dangerous destiny, "because then they'll see it in themselves." Whereas Babe Ruth had gradually become living folklore through his brilliance on the baseball diamond, Robinson had been thrust into the role from the first moment his spikes dug into the red clay of Ebbets Field, a breathing symbol, an aspirational movement crafted from blood and bone beneath skin that mattered both more than anything, and-he aimed to prove--not at all.

    This historic image finds our national pastime's ultimate pioneer entering the Dodgers clubhouse to emerge soon afterward wearing a scripted "Dodgers" on his chest and the fabled number "42" on his back, digits now properly removed from the entirely of Major League wardrobes in his honor. The viewer stands in the shameful past of inequality, as Robinson cracks open a door to long-overdue justice for all. It's a profoundly significant moment in not just baseball history, but in American history as well.

    The 9x7" image is printed to razor-sharp contrast and presents with only minor signs of handling and storage, nothing that distracts the eye. Verso has lost its paper caption but retains the "Acme Newspictures" stamping at center. Unquestionably one of the most important sports photographs that Heritage has presented to the collecting community. Encapsulated by PSA/DNA, Type 1.


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