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1940s Brooklyn Dodgers Multi-Autographed Photo w/Vintage Jackie Robinson, Don Newcombe & Roy Campanella SignaturesGo Back
1940s Brooklyn Dodgers Multi-Autographed Photo w/Vintage Jackie Robinson, Don Newcombe & Roy Campanella Signatures
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There they sit, three giants in a row. Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Don Newcombe. They might as well be numbered 1947, 1948 and 1949. Those were the years each of them took the field for the first time for the Brooklyn Dodgers, and the integration, the real integration, of America was under way. It was the first baby step in a long, long trip that even today is nowhere near being finished but when this photo was taken the process was under way and would never, pan style=”FONT-STYLE: italic”>could never, be turned back. The black and white photo itself is 9 and half”X7″, and in ex/condition. The signatures were very responsibly written against the white of the uniforms but only Robinson’s is easy to make out. Because of the penmanship, the signatures can’t be graded any more than a six. But the significance in this picture isn’t in the fact that three major league ball players were staring at a camera from inside a ramshackle dugout and that each of them later signed a photo that shows absolutely no imagination or creativity on the part of the photographer who took it. The significance here lies in the fact that they were three pan style=”FONT-STYLE: italic”>black big league ball players, and they were doing something that only one other guy on the planet, an outfielder named Larry Doby in Cleveland, was doing or had ever done: playing the national pasttime at its highest level. And boy, were they playing it. Robinson, the trail blazer, a six-time All Star, a .311 hitter who stole home 19 times in his career and played in six World Series despite losing two years out of his career while serving in the military during World War II; Campanella, who was a year behind Robinson and went on to become one of the finest catchers of all time, a three -time MVP whose career was cut tragically short in a car accident in 1958, 11 years before he was elected into the Hall of Fame; and Newcombe, who in 1949 followed the path cleared by the other two and became the only player ever to win the Rookie of the Year, Cy Young and MVP awards. Newcombe, who won 27 games as a pitcher in 1956, was a career .271 hitter with 15 home runs and 108 RBI. Their achievements on the field will always assure them of a place in baseball history but it is the fact that they, and Doby, had the courage to even take the field in front of white America, that assures them of their place in American history.
JSA Authentication, PSA-DNA Full Letter
1948,1949,Ball,Baseball,Major League,Military,Photo,Picture,Signed,Uniform,World Series Don Newcombe,Jackie Robinson,Larry Doby,Roy Campanella
Auction End: 24-May-07 Post Views: 3011
Price; $0.00 – $0.00