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1948 Jackie Robinson Signed Check Payable to The Atlas Hotel in St. Louis, Mo.

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Jackie Robinson’s story is not only a compelling drama of heroism, but also a template of the African American freedom struggle. A towering athletic talent, Robinson’s greater impact was on preparing the way for the civil rights reform wave following WWII. Robinson’s integration of the Major Leagues is undoubtedly one of the game’s finest moments. His 1947 rookie season saw the pioneering ballplayer succeed beyond anyone’s wildest expectations despite facing relentless antagonism and unfathomable bigotry unlike any ballplayer before him had been subjected to. Robinson’s performance in 1947 saw him not only help the Dodgers win a pennant but also gained him the respect of the sportswriters who awarded him the first Rookie of the Year Award. However, in spite of his proven ability on the field, Jackie was treated as less than equal to his white teammates and opponents off the field.