Hat used to protect Jackie Robinson from racists could fetch $400K at auction

It may have been priceless to Jackie Robinson, but a New York auctioneer hopes to get $400,000 for a Brooklyn Dodgers cap that was specially padded to protect the man who broke baseball’s color barrier from beanball-throwing racist pitchers.

The royal blue “B” cap looks like any other Bums lid of the time, but for the inner lining that’s fortified with a fiberglass-and-cloth composite that gave Robinson some extra protection from pitches aimed at his skull.

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