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Old 03-08-2017, 09:57 PM
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Default 1953 Jackie Robinson Signed Barnstorming Ball w/Spec Bebop (midget entertainer)

Edit: Mystery Solved

I won this baseball signed by Jackie Robinson and a number of other players. It is a J.B. Martin Negro American League baseball and it is signed by an interesting mix of players.

The baseball is from the 1953 "Major League All-Star" Barnstorming Tour. The tour was the first that features white players on the team, and led to controversy in Birmingham, Alabama when the team played a game with all the white players on the bench due to a ban on blacks and whites playing together.

Beyond Robinson, the biggest baseball names who signed are Hodges and Maury Wills, but probably the most interesting signature (in my opinion) simply says "Bebop." Spec Bebop was a midget performer who used to perform with "King Tut" at Indianapolis Clowns games. Bebop and King Tut were performers who were part of the "roster" for the 1953 tour.

Signatures:

Percy Smith - Pitcher Indianapolis Clowns
Jackie Robinson - Brooklyn Dodgers 1947-1956
Gil Hodges - Dodgers 1943-1961
John Glenn - Dodgers Minor Leaguer 1950-1960
Luke Easter - Was a part of Jackie's Barnstorming Tour. Homestead Grays 1947-48, Cleveland Indians 1949-1954.
Bob Young
Maury Wills - Dodgers 1951-1959 (minors) 1959-1966 (majors)
Clyde McNeal - Negro and Mexican Leagues 1945-57. Dodgers Minor League 1953-57
Edit: Ralph Branca not "Ralph Brown"
"BeBop" - Spec Bebop

Thanks in advance!
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