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The overlooked pioneer

There are few collectible items associated with Willie O'Ree, and none carry the value of those of his baseball contemporary, Jackie Robinson.

Originally Published: February 25, 2002
By Darren Rovell | ESPN.com

Willie O'Ree is hockey's Jackie Robinson, but the historical significance of being the first black player in the NHL seems lost on collectors of sports memorabilia.

While Robinson went on to a distinquished 10-year major-league career that included six trips to the World Series with the Brooklyn Dodgers, O'Ree enjoyed but a brief career in the NHL, playing just 45 games in parts of two seasons with the Boston Bruins. While Robinson's likeness was included annually on baseball trading cards ...

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