Jackie Robinson’s identify will at all times be cemented within the sports activities and baseball historical past books as he was one of many first males to interrupt the colour barrier in skilled sports activities, turning into the primary African-American to play in Major League Baseball. This occurred in 1947, when Robinson signed a contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers after having performed two seasons with their minor league staff, the Montreal Royals earlier than that.
Now, Robinson’s contract with the Royals, signed in 1945, and his groundbreaking contract with the Dodgers is up for public sale and could possibly be value upwards of $36 million. According to TMZ, this determine comes from Ken Goldin of Goldin Auctions who had the contracts appraised by a uncommon paperwork professional.
The public sale started on Monday, and the opening bid was $5 Million which simply goes to point out how fascinated individuals are of those well-known paperwork. In the contract, which is signed by Dodgers president Branch Rickey and National League president Ford Frick states that Robinson should “maintain himself in top notch bodily situation” and “obey the membership’s coaching guidelines.”
It was additionally reported that 10% of the ultimate income of the public sale will go to the Jackie Robinson Foundation.