There are moments in sports history that live, and then there are moments that change the world forever. On April 10. 1947 Jackie Robinson was summoned for a photo session at Ebbets Field. Waiting for him were photographers as well as team officials and journalists. A mostly symbolic moment then took place as he was posed in front of the Dodgers club house, opening the door wearing his Montreal jersey, representing the fact that the color line in baseball was officially about to be crossed! Jackie is smiling but the strain of this moment, surrounded by the press and being posed for a good story, would be just the first hurdle he would have to jump through in order to pave the way for countless others after him. The photo is one of only a handful of known images from this moment and while die-cut and mounted to artist board for publication in the Sporting News, the photo appears to be original to 1947 but we can not be sure as we can not look at the back. The front is clearly a dark-room image and off the original negative. A unique piece of baseball history that is surely to excite even the most sophisticated collector!
Designation: Vintage 1
Overall Grade: 10/10