He’d spent two challenging years in the major leagues but thanks to help from one of the greatest hitters ever, the 1949 season put Jackie Robinson on another level.
George Sisler helped the Brooklyn Dodgers’ infielder make important adjustments to his stride and stance. The results were immediate.
Robinson hit .342, drove in 122 runs, scored 122 himself and won the National League MVP award.
The RMY Auctions Photo of the Day is an image that might look familiar to vintage baseball card collectors. During the spring following that incredible season, kids saw a painting of the photograph on Robinson’s 1950 Bowman card. Taken at Ebbets Field, the photo shows Robinson taking a practice cut for a photographer.
The 8×10 photo is among more than 1,000 original images being offered in RMY’s August Premier Auction.
Showing some mild wear from use and age, it’s one of only a small number of Type 1 examples of this particular photo that have surfaced in the hobby. Not all of the others feature the full white border. The back includes markings of newspaper photo editors who utilized it at various times.
The auction continues through August 19 at RMYAuctions.com.