old bookJoanne Murphy didn’t see much in the old Bible that someone donated with a pile of books to the Sacramento Public Library.

The only interesting thing about it was the inscription page. “Pirates,” it said, “1953,” followed by a long list of signatures.

The Bible, it turned out, had been a gift to baseball legend Branch Rickey, the baseball executive who broke the sport’s color barrier in 1947 by hiring Jackie Robinson to be the first African-American player.

Among the signatures, Murphy’s husband confirmed, were a couple baseball greats.

(READ the story from MSNBC)

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