April 15, 1947 is a day that history was made, when Jackie Robinson (dec. 1972) sprinted to 2nd base for the Brooklyn Dodgers, making his Major League debut as the first African American to break the color barrier since 1884. At 28 years old, Robinson became the inaugural MLB Rookie of the Year. In 1949, he was the NL batting champion, and became the first black player to be named the NL MVP. The 6-time All-Star played in 6 World Series, bringing a World Championship to Brooklyn in 1955. Robinson was named a member of the MLB All-Century Team and was enshrined into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962. The Jackie Robinson hand-signed ball offered here is dated May 9, 1947. A letter is included from the original baseball owner telling the story of how his father, a former Negro League player, caught the ball off Robinson's bat and looked for Robinson after the game. At the time, Robinson was being tended to by a clubhouse worker, bandaging a cut on Robinson's hand. While signing, Robinson bled a bit onto the baseball, so the player obtaining the signature placed some medical tape over the blood stain to cover the area. Both the stain and the tape remain on the ball. This is such a unique piece of baseball and American history for a fan to own. Along with the letter from the original baseball owner, the ball includes a PSA/DNA Letter of Authenticity.