JACKIE ROBINSON - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 05/01/1957 - HFSID 286085
JACKIE ROBINSON Having just retired from baseball rather than accept a trade from the Dodgers, Robinson signs a typed 1957 letter to a sportswriter, declining to comment for an upcoming Saturday Evening Post article on Dodger skipper Walter Alston because "I couldn't say too many nice things about him as a manager.
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JACKIE ROBINSON Having just retired from baseball rather than accept a trade from the Dodgers, Robinson signs a typed 1957 letter to a sportswriter, declining to comment for an upcoming Saturday Evening Post article on Dodger skipper Walter Alston because "I couldn't say too many nice things about him as a manager." Typed Letter Signed: "Jackie Robinson", 1 page, 8½x11. New York, N.Y., 1957 May 1. On letterhead of Chock Full o' Nuts to Mr. Mal Mallette, Winston-Salem Journal, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Begins: "Dear Mal". In full: "Frankly, Mal, I would prefer not getting involved in a story on Walt. I have a great deal of respect for him as a man and would much prefer leaving it at that. I am sure you understand why I don't want to get involved as I couldn't say too many nice things about him as a manager. I hope you will keep this confidential and if you do want to see me when you come in, it will be a pleasure. Glad to hear things are working out well for you. My position is really heartening to me and it has lived up to expectation. Sincerely". Lightly creased with folds, not at signature. Minor stains at upper portion, which has two paperclip impressions. Fine condition. Accompanied by photocopied TLS: "Mal Mallette", 1 page, 8½x11. Reston, Virginia, 1995 July 24. On typed letterhead of Malcolm F. Mallette "To Whom It May Concern". In full: "This will certify the authenticity of a letter written by Jackie Robinson to me, dated May 1, 1957, relating to an article I was writing on Walt Alston. The letter is typed on 'Chock Full o' Nuts' stationery and is signed 'Jackie Robinson' in blue pen. The letter has been in my possession continuously from the time I originally received it until the date of this letter. Sincerely". Handwritten postscript (photocopied) signed: "Mal Mallette". In full: "I received the two letters while doing research on a profile of Walter Alston that was published in the Saturday Evening Post under my byline. Jackie was a teammate in 1950 and Walter was my manager at Montreal 1951-52." Lightly creased. Light horizontal fold underlines one line of writing. Fine condition. Robinson had retired from major league baseball on January 5, 1957, leaving the sport rather than remain in the game after he had been traded to the New York Giants, a move that evidenced the rift between Alston and Robinson in Robinson's final seasons with the Dodgers. Robinson had hoped to manage or coach a team. When no offers were forthcoming, however, he became a Vice President for Chock Full o' Nuts. On April 15, 1947, JACKIE ROBINSON (1919-1972) played his first game with the Brooklyn Dodgers, becoming the first Black American to play major league baseball. He was the first Rookie of the Year and later won the National League's MVP award (1949). Robinson was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962 in his first year of eligibility; no player before him had ever been elected in the first year of eligibility. On April 15, 1997, by order of Major League Baseball, Jackie Robinson's number 42 is no longer allowed to be assigned to a major league baseball player. MALCOLM FRANCIS "MAL" MALLETTE (1922-2005) pitched just two games for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1950, when Robinson was his teammate. Mallette, who spent 15 years as a reporter and managing editor, before working for 21 years at the American Press Institute, was inducted into the North Carolina Journalism Hall of Fame in 2002. WALTER EMMONS "WALT" ALSTON (1911-1984), who played for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1936, managed the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1954-1957, the year of this letter, and the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1958-1976. Over his 23 seasons with the Dodgers, "Smokey" won seven National League pennants and four World Series championships (1955, 1959, 1963, 1965). He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983. Two items. Accompanied by PSA/DNA LOA.
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