MastroNet Winter 2003
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After Phillie's manager Ben Chapman's verbal abuse of visiting player Jackie Robinson, Commissioner Happy Chandler reprimanded Chapman soundly. The result was that the Phillie's Pilot posed with Robinson for this May 9, 1947 publicity photo, and announced that his club treats the negro ballplayer "Just like anyone else." THis was considered to be a pivotal moment in Robinsons integration into Major League Baseball, one captured on film for all to see and recognize. The 6-5/8" x 8-1/2" wire photo offered here is accompanied by the large mimeo attachment that explains the event, describing the ensuing conversation between Robinson and Chapman as "amiable." Well, Robinson appears to be amiable. Chapman appears as if he just bit off his own tongue. The photo grades EX/MT, with some slight toning in a small spot on the left, and an insignificant light 3/4" pressure crease at the top. It comes with the original by-line attachment sheet we mentioned, and has the appropriate International News Photo stamp on the reverse.
Jackie Robinson 1947 "Robinson Treated Like Anyone Else" Original Wire Photo
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