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    1939 Bill Terry Game Worn New York Giants Jersey--The Only Known Terry Gamer! Bill Terry spent nearly two decades in the uniform of the New York Giants--debuting as a rookie with the 1923 National League Champs, serving as player/manager from 1932 to 1936, and then as manager alone through 1941--yet nearly all of the dozens of garments he wore during that long and fruitful term of service have been lost beneath the sands of time. To the best of our knowledge, this is the lone survivor, a home white flannel jersey dating to the historic Centennial season of 1939.

    Our consignor tells us that Terry gifted the jersey to his uncle, a worker at the Hotel Commodore in midtown Manhattan where the 1930 National League batting champion was a frequent guest. This auction marks its hobby debut, and the first and possibly only opportunity for the advanced collector to fill that empty space in his Hall of Fame uniform roster.

    The simple design features royal blue felt identifiers announcing "Giants" on chest and number "30" on verso. Interior collar holds "W. Terry" identifier in red embroidered script above proper "Spalding [size] 46" labeling. Rear interior tail bears red embroidered "39" as a year identifier. Left sleeve reveals the stitching pattern of a removed Baseball Centennial patch, but Heritage will be happy to assist should the winning bidder wish to track down a replacement.

    Our catalog imagery should convey that the garment has encountered a few hungry moths during its long life, but the supreme rarity of the piece undermines any complaints. The worst of it appears in the blue felt identifiers and the left collar area, but the jersey remains structurally sound--the vast majority of the surface is unaffected. Some general soiling is likewise typical for ancient flannel. Certainly one of the more important pre-war jersey "finds" in recent memory. LOA from Heritage Auctions.


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    Auction Dates
    February, 2020
    22nd-23rd Saturday-Sunday
    Internet/Mail Bids: 22
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