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Rare and spectacular vintage photo of the 1953 Ogden Reds of Ogden, Utah.  The Reds featured just two future major leaguers - future manager Dave Bristol, and the young 17-year-old who would become one of the greatest players and most important figures in the history of the game.

Frank Robinson's greatest crime was playing in the same era as Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, and Hank Aaron.  While those three players grabbed headlines, Robinson often did not, though his accomplishments were extraordinary.  Robinson still ranks tenth in career home runs with 586, but at the time of his retirement, he ranked fourth.   He was the only player to win the MVP in each league, winning in the National League in 1961, and the American League in 1966.  He won the American League Triple Crown in 1966, and was the World Series MVP the same season.  He hit home runs in 32 different ballparks.  And then, after his retirement, became baseball's first black manager, eventually winning the Manager of the Year award in 1989 with the Baltimore Orioles.  He later obtained a job in Major League Baseball's front office as the Director of Discipline.  He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982, and although he ranked #22 on the Sporting News list of 100 greatest players, we believe he should be higher.

On November 9, 2005, Frank Robinson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.  He is one of just 11 baseball players to receive the accolade, one of three (along with Buck O'Neil and Roberto Clemente) to have been given the award by President George W. Bush.

The photo itself, measuring 10" x 8", is heavily creased throughout.  However, despite this, the image itself remains quite strong, the majority of the creases visible only at angles in the light.  With a photo like this, a pre-rookie image depicting a young Frank Robinson in his first professional season, condition is virtually a non-issue, as it is highly unlikely that many other examples of this photo survived.  Full LOA from PSA/DNA.

1953 Ogden Reds Type 1 Original Team Photograph w/Pre-Rookie Frank Robinson (HOF) - PSA/DNA1953 Ogden Reds Type 1 Original Team Photograph w/Pre-Rookie Frank Robinson (HOF) - PSA/DNA1953 Ogden Reds Type 1 Original Team Photograph w/Pre-Rookie Frank Robinson (HOF) - PSA/DNA
1953 Ogden Reds Type 1 Original Team Photograph w/Pre-Rookie Frank Robinson (HOF) - PSA/DNA
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Minimum Bid: $100
Final prices include buyers premium.: $168
Number Bids: 5
Auction closed on Sunday, March 25, 2018.
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