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1945 Albert "Red" Schoendienst Game Worn Rookie Uniform. The red-headed Hall of Famer wore the uniform of the St. Louis Car...

2008 May Signature Sports Collectibles Auction #709

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Auction Ended On: May 3, 2008
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1945 Albert "Red" Schoendienst Game Worn Rookie Uniform. The red-headed Hall of Famer wore the uniform of the St. Louis Cardinals in six different decades, but this was the first of them all, issued to the 1989 Hall of Fame inductee upon his arrival at Sportsman's Park in 1945. Though signed as a free agent in 1942 at the age of nineteen, military service delayed Schoendienst's Big League debut, and a serious eye and shoulder injury almost ended his brilliant career before it started. His rookie season provided a sign of his greatness to come, as he would lead the National League with twenty-six stolen bases and help his club finish just three games short of the pennant.

The simply stunning home white flannel uniform offered here would be a treasure even without its regal heritage, as the classic chenille birds and bat chest logo joins the patriotic World War II stars and bars patch on the left sleeve to create an aesthetic marvel. Number "6" is applied in red and navy to the jersey verso, with "Schoendienst 45" elegantly scripted in red embroidery at the left front tail. Proper "Rawlings St. Louis" label inside collar rests beside a "42 Regular" size tag. The matching pants bear an identical manufacturer's label at interior waistband, framed by "Dry Clean Only" and "38 Regular" tags. Two other names are inked inside the waistband, and while we are convinced that the pants first belonged to Schoendienst, we must admit that no physical evidence of this does exist. At the very least, it is the proper style, and provides the required visuals for display.

Wear is solid and consistent throughout the uniform, though it must be stressed that there are no stains or holes to report short of an apparent blood stain at the pants' right knee where the wound to the flannel has been patched, and the condition could not possibly be any more ideal. Few players in b

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