Baseball is a game of tradition, but it is only when those traditions are broken that more of the full beauty of the sport can be realized.
Jackie Robinson epitomizes not only trailblazing politics as the first black player in the Major Leagues, but also groundbreaking game play. His electrifying base running and glovework helped to earn him the Bigs’ first Rookie of the Year Award.
And now one of the most historically significant pieces of hardware we can think of can be yours. If you have $1 million to spend, of course.
The sports auctioneers at Lelands.com are selling Robinson’s Rookie of the Year trophy from 1947 at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago, which runs through Aug. 4.
The auction house issued a press release regarding this significant and historic trophy:
Robinson, who broke baseball’s color barrier in 1947, won the inaugural Rookie of the Year Award during that trailblazing season in which he batted .297, scored 125 runs, hit 12 home runs and 31 doubles and led the league with 29 stolen bases while helping the Brooklyn Dodgers to the World Series.
The Rookie of the Year Award was originally known as the J. Louis Comiskey Award and was a single award for the Major Leagues. In 1949, the award was expanded to include both the American League Rookie of the Year and the National League Rookie of the Year. In 1987, the award was renamed the Jackie Robinson Award.
[H/T: For The Win]