BOBBY "NIG" BRAGAN - ANNOTATED BASEBALL SIGNED - HFSID 290567
Lengthy, glowing testimony to Jackie Robinson by a member of his first Brooklyn Dodger team, written neatly in blue ink on a Major League Baseball: "Great Man. Good Friend. I thank God I was his teammate."
Sale Price $1,400.00
BOBBY BRAGAN Lengthy, glowing testimony to Jackie Robinson by a member of his first Brooklyn Dodger team, written neatly in blue ink on a Major League Baseball: "Great Man. Good Friend. I thank God I was his teammate." Annotated Baseball signed: "Bobby Bragan". Rawlings Official Major League Baseball, Allan H. Selig, Commissioner. Written in very legible blue ink, taking up most of the surface of the ball. In full: "In 1947 - Branch Rickey - owner and General Mgr. of the Brooklyn Dodgers chose the 1st Black player to play in Major League Baseball. Jackie Robinson from U.C.L.A. was his choice - and the right one. Not all of the team liked the idea - but after the 1st road trip - by train - all of us loved him. He was our best player. His character, his attitude, sold everyone. I saw how he handled abuse. He ignored it and never let it get to him. Great Man. Good Friend. I thank God I was his teammate." Bobby Bragan (1917-2010) was a weak hitting Major Leaguer with the Phillies and Dodgers who prolonged his career by switching from shortstop to backup catcher, a position the Dodgers needed. He came to bat only once in a World Series game and made the most of it, doubling in a run in the Dodgers' losing effort against the Yankees. As a Major League manager, he was fired in mid-season by all three of his clubs: the Pirates, Indians and Braves, even though he had skippered the Braves to three straight winning seasons from 1963 to 1965. Where Bragan really excelled was as a coach and as a minor league manager and executive. He won minor league championships with the Fort Worth Cats and the Hollywood Stars. In 1969, he was named President of the Texas League, and in 1975 became President of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, the umbrella organization for all of minor league baseball. On August 16, 2005, at age 87, Bragan became manager (for one game) of the Fort Worth Cats, and - an umpire baiter as always - got ejected from the game. This set two records: oldest manager in pro baseball history (beating Connie Mack's record by one week) and oldest person to be tossed out of a game by an umpire. Jackie Robinson's successful challenge to the color barrier in Major League Baseball is well known, but Bragan's testimony is especially touching. An Alabaman, Bragan had been one of the Dodgers who initially threatened not play with Robinson, and asked to be traded. But, as he has states eloquently here, Bragan's attitude changed completely as he got to know Robinson, and joined his teammates in rallying around their embattled new star. Robinson and Bragan were teammates in 1947 and 1948, Bragan's last two seasons as a player. Ink lightly beaded but fully legible. Fine condition. Accompanied by PSA/DNA LOA.
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