MastroNet December 2005
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On October 23, 1945, Brooklyn Dodger General Manager Branch Rickey made an historic announcement: Jackie Robinson, a black man, would play for the Montreal Royals, the Dodgers' minor league affiliate. The agreement had actually been reached during a meeting two months earlier, with Robinson sworn to secrecy. In the spring of 1946, Robinson reported to his farm team to "tryout" for a job he already had. Here offered is an original, 6-1/8" x 8" news photo of Robinson from his first days with the Dodger organization. It presents at the overall EX plateau with understandable imperfections in the surface gloss and a few wrinkles (the result of the caption information long ago having been affixed to the back). That caption reads, "Exhibiting his slugging form is Jackie Robinson, one of two Negro Ball Players who went to work for Branch Rickey and the Dodger farm system March 4. The shortstop is shown as he was having his first tryout for the Montreal Club at the Florida Training Camp." Robinson, the first black player in Montreal's International League in 57 years, went on to hit a home run and three singles during his first game. Batting .349 for the Royals during the 1946 season, he was the main reason behind the Royals winning the pennant in their division that year (with a stellar 19-1/2 game lead) as well as the Little World Series. In April 1947, Robinson became the man who would finally break major league baseball's color barrier.
Jackie Robinson Original Photo from 1946 Dodger Farm Team "Tryout"!
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