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    The only four-time Boston Red Sox World Champion!

    1912 Harry Hooper Game Worn Boston Red Sox Sweater. The Pittsburgh Press called his home run-saving catch of a titanic Larry Doyle drive in the eighth and final game of the 1912 World Series one of the finest in the history of the sport, praising the Sox' lead-off man and right fielder as one of the game's true gentlemen. "He does not seek the limelight," they reported. "He is reserved and bashful, and every action of his upon the baseball field plainly shows these qualities." But despite his unassuming nature, no man in franchise history has tasted Fall Classic glory as often as Hooper, the only player present for each of the four trips to the mountaintop between 1912 and 1918.

    The offered garment finds the early Hall of Famer at the start of that era of dominance, as photography of the BoSox taking the field against Mathewson, McGraw and the rest of the mighty New York Giants in the opening contest of the 1912 Fall Classic at the Polo Grounds finds the team shrugging off the October cold in this delectable style. The red wool peacoat sports six large white buttons and white wool trim, most notably in the form of an Old English letter "B" over the heart. Interior collar identifies the manufacturer as "A.G. Spalding & Bros.," the first of two Hall of Famers' names found in this area. The second appears in the form of an embroidered "Hooper," sewn directly into the red wool with green scripted elegance.

    Our catalog imagery should convey that the garment presents very well, though close inspection reveals moth damage scattered throughout, quite typical for wool clothing of such advanced vintage. Certainly the enormous rarity and importance of this relic renders frivolous any condition quibbles. While a few Red Sox sweaters from the late teens and early twenties have found their way into the collecting hobby, this is the only example of this format of which we are aware. It was acquired by our consignor from Mr. Hooper personally in the 1970's, and makes its auction debut here.



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    Auction Dates
    February, 2016
    20th-21st Saturday-Sunday
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