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    1976 Hank Aaron Game Worn Milwaukee Brewers Jersey. Hank Aaron's popularity had grown to almost unforeseen levels when he decided to return to his baseball roots as it came time to hang up the cleats. In 1976, the king of swing decided his career had seen its best days. Those home runs didn't quite happen at the same regularity as before and his legs were starting to show some age.

    Because he had such a nationwide following, Aaron endured having his game-worn wares taken from his locker. Whether it be media members, staffers or just passersby, Hammerin' Hank and the Brewers equipment staff had their hands full. One Brewers staffer had the task of keeping Aaron happy and taking care of his numerous tasks. Whether it be fetching him food, giving him a lift to a speaking engagement or aiding in Spring Training, this worker responded to Aaron's every need.

    Following Aaron's final game, which was played at Milwaukee County Stadium, a media throng was assembled to get his final words as a big leaguer. The staffer cleaned out Aaron's locker, and out of that locker came this game worn jersey from his final season in Brewtown. "Brewers 44" is proudly displayed on front in two-tone tackle twill. "44" is sewn on the reverse in similar style. Blue/yellow/blue trimming surrounds the V-neck front and both sleeve ends. The inner tail includes a "McAuliffe Uniform Corp." tag, "[size] 44" label and "Aaron 76 44" swatch.

    Please note, we did submit this to MEARS and they were unable to authenticate it given the fact Sand Knit supplied their jerseys at the time, however Hank Aaron did gift a game-worn jersey with McAuliffe tagging from the same era to the Smithsonian Institute, adding credibility to the offered example. The strip tag is a Sand Knit product which appears to have been removed from another Aaron jersey and added to this garment. Teams have been known to stray from the norm, and this is a perfectly logical assumption given the absolute avalanche of attention Aaron was receiving and the team not having enough sets of Sand Knit jerseys to fill the multitude of requests. This represents a rare chance to get a final season Aaron gamer with provenance from a team staffer. Letter of provenance from former Milwaukee Brewers assistant equipment manager. LOA from Heritage Auctions.


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    May, 2016
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