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1939 Eddie Shore Game Worn Babe Siebert Memorial Jersey....

2010 August Signature Sports Collectibles Auction #7024

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1939 Eddie Shore Game Worn Babe Siebert Memorial Jersey. A native of Fort Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan, Edward William Shore grew up on a horse ranch at Cupar, where years of hard work breaking in ponies, herding stock and hauling grain readied his body for the demands of professional ice hockey. After coming up the junior ranks as a member of the 1923-24 Melville Millionaires, Shore went on to star for the Regina Caps and the Edmonton Eskimos of the Western Canada Hockey League. Upon the league's folding at the end of the 1925-26 season, his rights were assumed by Charles Adams for his newly-formed NHL team -- the Boston Bruins.

Beantown was lucky to have such a player among their ranks as Shore's devastating aggressive style of play ensured that pro hockey was in Boston to stay. Feared around the league for his intensity on the ice, Shore racked up a record 130 penalty minutes in his first season of NHL play. It should come as no surprise, then, that Shore was behind the first National Hockey League All-Star Game.

On December 12, 1933, Shore was involved in a traumatic incident that ended the career of Maple Leafs hero Ace Bailey. Retaliating after he was tripped by Toronto's King Clancy, Shore delivered a crushing blindside blow to Bailey which sent him head-first to the ice. Bailey survived the gruesome attack, but would never play NHL hockey again. As a result a benefit game was held for Bailey and his family, the first of three tribute games in the decade to include NHL All-Stars.

The garment that we present here comes from the third of those historic All-Star Games, this one held in October 1939, to memorialize the sudden passing of the named Montreal Canadiens head coach Babe Siebert. Shore donned this rarity during that game, making this one of the most desirable sweaters that we offer in this wool-heavy sale. This fantastic sweater presents with an attractive off-white color, trimmed by the NHL colors of orange and black. Chest insignia consists of a 9" star that reads "N.H.L. ALL STARS 1939," while the verso sports an 8" tall "2" in heavy black felt. Manufactured by McNiece's Sports in Montreal with tagging in the tail indicating that fact. Several small holes to the body and sleeves have gone understandably unrepaired since this shirt had only one game of use.

After playing only four games with the Boston Bruins in the 1939-40 season during which the Siebert Memorial Game took place, Shore was traded to the New York Americans for Eddie Wiseman and $5,000. The ten games that Shore skated with the Amerks would be his last hurrah in the NHL as he dedicated his time and effort to the AHL's Springfield Indians, a team he bought in 1939. Apparently Shore left this very jersey in the New York locker room when his stint with the Americans was over, at which point it became the possession of Team President Red Dutton. Dutton in turn presented it to an NHL player as a gift. After many years, this player sold this historic shirt to our consignor. Perhaps the most-desirable Siebert Memorial sweater in the hobby and one of legendary Hall of Famer Eddie Shore's final NHL jerseys. LOA from MeiGray.

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