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    Ted Williams 1958 Boston Red Sox Game-Worn Cap He was thirty-nine years old, had fought in two wars and played through sixteen seasons of Major League baseball, and he was still one of the best players in the game. Though his .328 batting average was far from his career best, it was better than any other American Leaguer in 1958, marking the sixth and final time that Williams would top that chart. He was top ten in home runs, runs batted in, extra base hits and walks, earning the respect of not just the opposing pitchers, but the opposing fans as well. In fact, that was how the Splendid Splinter ended up losing his cap. Williams and his Boston Red Sox were visiting Tiger Stadium in Detroit one summer day when a young man, perhaps having had a few too many in the grandstands during the game, snatched this cap from the head of the Hall of Famer as the players were returning to their respective clubhouses . A thorough examination by the top uniform authenticators confirms the story as the cap is certainly Williams'. The size "7 1/4" stamped in the cracking leather headband is proper for "The Kid," and the "Tim McAuliffe" tagging, with "Boston, Mass" geographical notation, is definitely professional Red Sox issue. Flip the worn headband up, and you'll find a vintage "Williams" in marker penned underneath. It was common for Red Sox caps from this era to be attributed in this style. Condition is admittedly less than perfect, with the worn headband, and cracks in the cardboard of the visor, but there are no tears or stains in the navy blue fabric, or on the red and white logo on the peak, leaving it still quite capable of standing as an impressive display piece. Only upon handling the cap are these defects made apparent, and this artifact should certainly be presented in a locked glass case. After all, just like the man himself in 1958, this cap is still one of the best that there is, and no past hardships could change that fact. LOA from Dan Knoll & Dave Bushing/SCD Authentic.

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