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Exhibition Geppi Gems

Jackie Robinson’s pocket baseball game, 1950. Offset lithograph on layered paper board. Stephen A. Geppi Collection of Comics and Graphic Arts, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (022.02.00) © 1950 Adv. Serv. Div.

Jackie Robinson's Ballgame

After three seasons with the Brooklyn Dodgers, Black infielder Jackie Robinson won the National League’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award in 1949. A talented player, who broke baseball’s “color line,” Robinson licensed his name to several commercial endeavors in the wake of his MVP title, including this hand-held game pamphlet, which opens up to reveal a spinning baseball game. The Advertisers’ Service Division published inexpensive paper novelties for the advertising and sports promotion markets.