Brooklyn Brown Dodgers stock certificate, issued to, and signed by, team president Joseph W. Hall. The certificate, dated June 19, 1945, certified that "Joseph W. Hall" is the owner of seventeen shares of Brooklyn Brown Dodger, Inc. It has been signed in black ink by both "Joseph W. Hall" (grading "8"), as president, and "Dolores M. Hall" ("5/6"), as secretary. Also signed by both parties again in pencil ("6") on the reverse. The Brooklyn Brown Dodgers were one of the entries in the newly formed United States League in 1945. The league was formed as a rival to the two existing professional Negro Leagues and the Brown Dodgers, who were sponsored by the Brooklyn Dodgers, played their games in Ebbets Field. While the league was formed in earnest as a rival Negro League, Branch Rickey used the league to enhance his scouting of Negro League players in anticipation of integrating the Brooklyn Dodgers in the near future. The Brooklyn Brown Dodgers were in existence for only one season and the league folded in 1946 after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier and signed with Montreal. The stock certificate (10.75 x 8.25 inches; visible dimensions) displays two vertical folds and a pencil mark on the front. In apparent Very Good to Excellent condition overall.
Reserve $100. Estimate (open).