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Press Release - January 13, 2006
Only One Surviving Jersey From Historic "Glory Road" 1966 NCAA Championship
Dallas, Texas: Game-worn uniforms from historic sporting events are cherished by many collectors, but there is only one surviving jersey from Texas Western College's underdog victory in the 1966 NCAA basketball championship. The team is the focus of a new movie, Glory Road, and the lone remaining jersey has been consigned to an auction this coming Spring.
"The jersey was worn by star guard, Willie Worsley, during the historic Texas Western College NCAA victory on March 19, 1966 when the team became the first all-black starting lineup to win the championship," said Chris Ivy, Director of Sports Collectibles at Heritage Galleries & Auctioneers in Dallas (www.HeritageGalleries.com).
The jersey will be offered in a public auction by Heritage on April 1, 2006.
"It was saved the past 40 years by an assistant manager of the team, and is the only known surviving Texas Western jersey from that game. It has a pre-auction estimate of $8,000 to $10,000," said Ivy.
"The consignor admits he wore and subsequently discarded the remainder of the jerseys from that season in the following years, failing to understand the significance of the clothing at the time. It is due only to Worsley's diminutive size that this jersey did not meet a similar fate."
Worsley is shown wearing the uniform on the cover of a recently introduced Wheaties cereal box commemorating the 40th anniversary of the groundbreaking game. The photograph shows Worsley cutting down the basketball net in celebration of the victory.
HG&A specializes in rare and collectible sports cards, as well as uniforms, equipment, and related vintage sports memorabilia. Consignments for future Signature Sports Auction are currently being accepted. Prospective consignors or sellers of quality vintage sports cards and sports memorabilia are encouraged to contact:
Chris Ivy at 800-872-6467 Ext. 319 or email: CIvy@HeritageSportsCollectibles.com
Stephen Carlisle at 800-872-6467 Ext. 292 or email: StephenC@HeritageSportsCollectibles.com
Jonathan Scheier at 800-872-6467 Ext. 314 or email JonathanS@HeritageSportsCollectibles.com
Sam Foose at 800-872-6467 Ext. 227 or email: SamF@HeritageSportsCollectibles.com
To order the next Heritage Sports catalog, contact Nicole Jewell at 800-872-6467, ext. 272, or write c/o Heritage Galleries & Auctioneers, 3500 Maple Avenue, 17th Floor, Dallas, TX 75219.