It was a harmonic convergence of greatness in the quiet days of spring 1956.
One player had already established himself as one of the best in the game and would play in just 117 more games before retiring. The other stood just days away from the debut of a Hall of Fame career.
Our RMY Auctions Photo of the Day is an original United Press International Photo of Dodgers star Jackie Robinson chatting with 20-year-old Cincinnati Reds prospect Frank Robinson in early April of that season.
The back of the 7×9 photo carries the original caption that appeared in various newspapers across the country. It has been in a news archive since that time and was used on at least one other occasion.
The photo is one of more than 1,200 sports and historic news photographs in RMY’s June Premier Auction, set to close Sunday night.
Several years ago, Frank Robinson talked with National Public Radio about that first meeting.
Jackie Robinson would retire after the season while Frank would go on to hit 38 homers and win the National League Rookie of the Year. He would later become the first black man to manage in the major leagues.
Ironically, Jackie Robinson did have an older brother named Frank but the two Hall of Fame players aren’t related.