Description1950's Duke Snider Game Worn Brooklyn Dodgers Warm-Up Jacket. It was the most storied age of New York City baseball, with three top-tier teams waging a protracted battle for Major League supremacy. The Yankees, Giants and Dodgers had shared a city subway since the Highlanders came to town in 1903, and the 1920's battles between the Yankees and Giants were the stuff of legend, but only during the decade of the 1950's did all three franchises share a piece of World Championship glory. The Big Apple was divided into distinct tribes, with allegiances as preciously held as religions, the players somewhere between clergy and deity.
No point of debate was more feverishly contested than that of center field preeminence, each Hall of Fame legend held in such familial adoration that they were known simply as "Willie, Mickey and the Duke." Presented is a rare article from the personal wardrobe of the Brooklyn representative, the first Duke Snider uniform piece that Heritage has offered in over five years.
The format is instantly recognizable, a white tackle twill "Dodgers" in classic script on a blue shell, with elasticized striped trim at collar, cuffs and waist. We particularly like the black "Pac Man" leather bolsters at each hip pocket. The interior is faux fur and tagged "Wilson [size] 44." Attribution to the Hall of Famer appears in the form of an embroidered number "4" at bottom of interior zipper path, identical in format to the Campanella model sold in our August 2021 Platinum Night auction. Zipper remains functional and scattered dark staining is not particularly distracting against the deep blue of the jacket shell. Wear is very strong but, again, the garment still displays very well and ably recalls a lost and beloved era of Big Apple baseball. LOA from Heritage Auctions.
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