Engaged in the US army during the war, Jackie Robinson meets Joe Louis. He forces his 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 is banned for 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 object 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. The copies given to Jackie of these two signed documents will be sold as a single lot sale by Goldin in New York on February 27. 10% of the sale price will be donated to the Jackie Robinson Foundation. Seth Kaller, expert in historical documents, defined for this set the price that was retained by the insurance companies : 36 million dollars.
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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 is estimated $ 200K for sale by Heritage in Dallas on February 24, 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.
Goldin (1945-1947) : UNSOLD
Heritage (1949) : SOLD for $ 192K including premium