Thursday, February 20, 2014

A GIF of Jackie Robinson Stealing Home - From 1952

As I was writing the previous post last night, I suddenly realized that I could make a GIF of one of Jackie Robinson's steals of home plate.  Check it out above.

The series of photos is a part of the personal collection of famed sports broadcaster George Michael and is currently for sale through Legendary Auctions.  Check out the auction here.  Below are the press photos used to make the GIF above.

As you may know, vintage "Type I" press photos of Jackie stealing home plate are rare and difficult to find.

These photographs are from a Sunday, May 18, 1952 game versus the Cubs.  Dodgers hurler Preacher Roe is at the plate in the bottom of the 4th inning, with Jackie on third base.  On the fifth pitch of a 3-1 count, Jackie heads for home and steals it.  Pitching for the Cubs is Willie Ramsdell and catching is Johnny Pramesa.  Jackie's steal makes the score 4 to 0.
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