Several valuable artifacts from the career of Jackie Robinson will be up for auction as baseball celebrates the 75th anniversary of his major league debut.
Goldin Auctions will be offering them in a special catalog sale set to run from April 13 to May 2.
*1951 Brooklyn Dodgers home jersey. The jersey has “DODGERS ” sewn on in blue felt across the chest and Robinson’s league-wide retired number “42” on the back. Goldin says the jersey is fully authenticated and was worn during one of Robinson’s best seasons of his Hall-of-Fame career.
*The bat that Robinson used during the 1949 All-Star Game held in Brooklyn. It was during the ‘49 season that Robinson cemented his reputation as one of the game’s best hitters. Robinson would later recall this game as his chance to prove himself against some of the biggest names ever to play in the Big Leagues.
*The National Baseball Hall of Fame plaque that was presented to Robinson during his induction on July 23, 1962. Robinson was the first African-American player elected to the Hall of Fame, a fact not originally included on his plaque, as Robinson instructed those who voted for him to judge him on his talent and achievements alone, not his race.
“There are very few people who have altered the course of history the way Jackie Robinson did,” said Goldin Executive Chairman and Founder Ken Goldin. “Jackie not only broke the color barrier and forever changed baseball, but he broke down racial barriers that for too long segregated American society. His courage and strength in the face of ignorance are a continued inspiration and handling the sale of these items – the tools that he used to change the world – is a true honor.”
Goldin is still accepting items for the auction, which will include other historic memorabilia as well.