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    The only playing-days Pennock gamer ever offered at auction!

    1922-23 Herb Pennock Tour of Japan Game Worn Jersey. Only one other Pennock jersey has surfaced on the hobby's auction block in the past twenty years, issued to the Hall of Fame pitcher after his transition from active player to Red Sox pitching coach. But the singular status of this remarkable relic is far from the only point of appeal, as it is likewise the only known surviving example of this 1922-23 Tour of Japan "road" format from any team member.

    This earlier barnstorming escapade through Japan, Korea, China, Manila and Hawaii is not nearly as widely known to the baseball community as the 1934 Tour that featured Ruth, Gehrig and Foxx, but its significance in paving the way for the later edition is undeniable. Pennock was one of four future Cooperstown immortals to cross the Pacific after the 1922 Major League season, joined by Casey Stengel, George "Highpockets" Kelly and Waite Hoyt, as well as a cast of second-tier stars.

    Remarkably, Hoyt would surrender nine runs to an opposing Japanese team to suffer the first Major League loss to an Asian team, a stumble that infuriated Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis, who suspected a fix to drum up ticket sales for future contests. The loss would inspire Landis to construct a truly unbeatable side for the 1934 Tour to follow.

    This understated white flannel relic offers a singular but spectacular design cue--a chenille sleeve patch that pairs the flags of the competing nations. Otherwise, front and back of the garment are unadorned, but for a "Spalding" manufacturer's label at interior collar beside an embroidered red "Pennock" that has bled slightly over the bulk of a passing century. Some dark staining and red dye bleed are apparent throughout, but our catalog imagery should convey that the aesthetics are not significantly compromised by these concerns. Certainly the elite rarity of the garment overshadows any such quibbles. It's a special opportunity to take your collection to a place where no others can follow. LOA from Heritage Auctions.

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    August, 2016
    27th-28th Saturday-Sunday
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