Jackie Robinson Brooklyn Dodgers road jersey, 1948
After purchasing Jackie Robinson's contract, Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey met with him privately. "Wear the armor of humility," Rickey advised. "I'm looking for a ballplayer with enough guts not to fight back." The racial epithets and death threats Robinson faced in his rookie year eased somewhat as he turned in impressive statistics. When he struggled at the beginning of the 1948 season, however, the taunting and rough play began anew–especially on the road. This jersey was Robinson's "armor" away from home in that difficult year.
Loan from The Stephen Wong Collection