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March 2, 2010 -- Jackie Robinson paid a price for being a crusader. Being the first black man in major league baseball and all the glory and grief that came with it ultimately cost him his life. He died young at age 53.

Dressed in his Brooklyn Dodger uniform the first black man in baseball felt like an uninvited guest on Opening Day in 1947 as he headed to first base at Ebbets Field.

Jackson knew every play he made, every hit, every stolen base counted. But he still had to take each game as it came forgetting about what history and hecklers might say.

The problems of one Negro athlete were small compared to the possibility of smashing the color line for all the Negro athletes waiting for their chance behind him.

On Nov. 14, Hunt Auctions, held their 5th Annual Live Auction at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory in Louisville, Ky.

A Jackie Robinson Brooklyn Dodgers; gray flannel road jersey with original blue lettering across the front and classic number "42" affixed to the reverse sold in the auction. Robinson either gave away or sold most of his uniforms.

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