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Lot 1263: 1956 Brooklyn Dodgers Tour of Japan Letters
Correspondence written to Jackie from the founder/owner of one of the Japanese teams. From Shigeyuki Ishikawa. Sitting on the Dodger bench, he was most overjoyed to see him play. In broken English, he is being incredibly polite, friendly and respectful. Plus, letter from Kineo Moikawa and another in Japanese. Total of five letters (four in english) on six pages and two postmarked envelopes. Truly charming stuff. The First. And, without question, the most significant man to ever play the game of baseball. The man who broke baseball’s color line, Jackie Robinson was also the first African-American to win the Most Valuable Player Award and the first to be honored as Rookie of the Year (the award is now named for him). He is also the only baseball player, black or white, to be on a United States postage stamp and minted coin and the first African-American to be elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame (in 1962 he was elected in his first year of eligibility, the first since Lou Gehrig in 1939). While Babe Ruth changed the way in which we played the game, Jackie changed the way we think. We are proud to say that each of these select pieces are from the collection of Jackie’s wife, Rachel Robinson. Each will come with her signed letter of authenticity.
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