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One year before Jackie Robinson famously broke Major League Baseball's color barrier with the Dodgers, the lightning-quick athlete spent a spectacular season with Brooklyn's top farm club in Montreal, where General Manager Branch Rickey had the future Hall of Famer prepare himself for the huge task at hand. Throughout the International League that summer, Robinson endured many hostile crowds, and was even estranged from his manager, the racist Mississippi Clay Hopper, providing Jackie with a taste of what was yet to come This official International League baseball is game-used and features signatures in blue ink that average 6/10. Robinson's signature is clear and located on a side panel. In all, there are eight signatures, including Hopper on the sweet spot, along with Herman Franks. With Robinson batting .349, the Royals won the second of their seven Governor's Cup championships by defeating the Syracuse Chiefs. Interestingly, Jackie was one of THREE black players on that Montreal club, which also featured pitchers John Wright and Roy Partlow.
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