Joe Robbie Miami Dolphins Founder Original Owner Signed AUTO Book PSA/DNA COA

Joe Robbie (D. 1990) was an American attorney, politician, and the principal founder of the Miami Dolphins. After moving to Minneapolis, Robbie took an interest in professional football and became a Minnesota Vikings season ticket holder. In March 1965, Joe Foss, the commissioner of the American Football League, met with Robbie in Washington, D.C.. Foss had attended the University of South Dakota and served in the Navy with Robbie. Foss recommended that Robbie look into Miami as a potential site for an expansion franchise. Robbie formed a partnership with comedian Danny Thomas, a fellow Lebanese-American, and raised the $7.5 million expansion fee. When the Miami Dolphins took the field in 1966, Robbie was its first owner. Coached by Don Shula, Robbie's Dolphins achieved a perfect season (17–0) in 1972 and two consecutive Super Bowl wins. Robbie later built the US$115 million Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida with private funds in 1987. It operated under that name until 1996; it has since been renamed several times – as of January 2017 it is called Hard Rock Stadium.

Offered is a first edition book, Miracle in Miami by Lou Sahadi that was published in 1972.   The book is in nearly new condition with the dust jacket being in VG condition.  The autograph is a 10/10.  Robbie inscribes on the flyleaf, “To the Kazes with your great AFL background and the marvelous part San Diego played in Powering the AFL and generating the merger – Joe Robbie.”

Irv Kaze was a sports executive who worked in PR for the Hollywood Stars, Pittsburgh Pirates, the Anaheim Angels, Business manager with the San Diego Chargers, L.A. Raders, New York Yankees, and worked in radio for years.

Super rare autograph from one of the pioneers of the AFL (American Football League) and founder/original owner of the Miami Dolphins.  Possible Future Pro Football Hall of Famer.


Item: 9066

Price: $495.00
Joe Robbie Miami Dolphins Founder Original Owner Signed AUTO Book PSA/DNA COA