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    Rocky Colavito Circa 1959 Cleveland Indians Salesman Sample Uniform Rocky Colavito was the "rock" of the Cleveland Indians from 1955 through 1959. In 1958 Colavito batted .303 with 41 homers and 113 RBI. His 42 homers in 1959 tied him with Harmon Killebrew for the AL lead and Colavito became the first Indian to have two 40+ homerun seasons. Such a fan favorite was Colavito, that when he had an occasional off day, Cleveland fans quickly adopted the phrase, "Don't Knock The Rock!" The following April Cleveland's GM Frank Lane didn't knock the "Rock," he traded him to Detroit for Harvey Kuenn. What prompted the trade? We may never know for sure. The one thing we do know is after that trade the Cleveland Indians went into a slump, a 35-year slump, that many claimed was the curse of Rocky Colavito. Our consignor's father was a "bird dog" for a few major league scouts in the 1950s when he met and befriended Colavito. When Rocky was traded to the Tigers after the 1959 season he stopped by his friends house to say goodbye. When he departed that day he left behind a new Indians uniform saying he would no longer have a need for it. Amazingly, the uniform sits today as it did over 45 years ago, still in the original plastic bag with the Wilson manufacturers sticker. After inspection by SCD Authentic, it is hypothesized that this uniform is a high quality salesman's sample that was never adopted for use by the franchise, of course Rocky had no way of knowing this and probably didn't care, he was on his way to Detroit. This was just a simple gift to a friend, a last parting gesture as it were, just as Rocky Colavito and his talent had been a gift to Cleveland and it's fans. Included is an LOA from the son of the gentleman who received the uniform.

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    September, 2004
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