10% of the sale price will be donated to the Jackie Robinson Foundation. The price that is retained by the insurance company is 36 million dollars (this information is available in the catalogue). The opening bid is $ 5M.
I discussed this lot as follows before it passed at the same auction house on February 27, 2018. I included in the same post another Robinson contract that was sold three days earlier by Heritage (see below).
The zeal in applying a strict discrimination in buses and baseball eventually cancelled forever the racial segregation in the United States. Jesse Owens did not have the social charisma to achieve such a breakthrough. Jackie Robinson did it.
Engaged in the US army during the war, Jackie Robinson meets Joe Louis. Jackie forces his own admission into a school for White officers. In 1944, following the path opened by boxing champions Joe Louis and Ray Sugar Robinson, he refuses the segregation in a military bus.
Once released from the army Jackie Robinson chooses baseball. He stirs the attention of club managers : the Major League does not accept the Blacks but this young guy is too skilled to play in the minor leagues. It was to a White, Branch Rickey, to force the fate.
Rickey is manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers in Major League and of the Montreal Royals in a minor league. He summons Robinson and explains to him that he will be the target of the vociferous hatred of the Whites. Robinson remembers the deserved glory of his friend Joe Louis. He accepts.
Their plan is applied in two phases. Robinson's signing with the Royals on October 23, 1945 goes unnoticed. His signature with the Dodgers on April 11, 1947 is like a bomb.
Please watch the video shared on May 1, 2017 by Darren Rovell on ESPN, including interesting interviews with owner and experts.
Only one other contract signed by Jackie Robinson with the Dodgers is available to collectors. Established in 1949, it was sold for $ 276K by Robert Edward on April 24, 2017. It was sold for $ 192K including premium by Heritage in Dallas on February 24, 2018, lot 80070.
In 1955 Rosa Parks entered the legend of race relations when she refused to give way to a white man in an Alabama bus.
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