Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Legendary's Live Auction at the National Features Jackie Robinson's Commemorative Watch from Rookie Season

Legendary Auctions is currently running their annual live auction that coincides with the National Sports Collectors Convention.  Live bidding will happen this coming Friday.  Only 100 items are for sale and it includes the below Jackie Robinson memento.

On September 23, 1947 the Dodgers held "Jackie Robinson Day" at Ebbets Field to celebrate Jackie's breaking of the color barrier that season.  Just a couple of weeks prior, Jackie was named the National League's Rookie of the Year.  Per the auction description:
But perhaps the greatest moment in the sun came on September 23rd, as Ebbets Field held a fan-organized "Jackie Robinson Day" in which the barrier-breaker received such gifts as a brand-new Cadillac, a giant television set, a portable radio, a gold pen-and-pencil set, cutlery, silverware, an electric broiler and, yes, this very watch here offered. "I thank you all," Robinson told the crowd of more than 26,000. However, it was another pioneering civil-rights figure named Robinson—the dancer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson—whose famous words at the event still resonate to this day. "I am sixty-nine years old," Mr. Bojangles said, "but I never thought I would live to see the day when I would stand face to face with Ty Cobb in Technicolor."
 On auction is the watch that was presented to him that afternoon.  See a couple of photos below.
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