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    1923 Johnny Cooney & Ernie Padgett Game Worn Boston Braves Jersey. Golden Age flannel comes to us directly from the family of middle infielder Ernie Padgett, who made his Big League debut on October 3, 1923, very late in another dreadful season for the Braves, the second of three consecutive 100-loss campaigns. But with hopes for a repeat of the team's 1914 "miracle" already months in the grave, the young rookie gave the few stalwart fans at Braves Field a rare reason to cheer.

    In the final game of the season, the second half of an October 6th doubleheader, Padgett was at shortstop in the top of the fourth with men on first and second and no outs when he speared a liner off the bat of Phillies batter Walter Holke, stepped on second to double off Cotton Tierney, and then tagged outfielder Cliff Lee before he was able to reverse field to return to first. In just his fourth Major League contest, Padgett had recorded the first unassisted triple play in National League history.

    Presented is the jersey that Padgett almost certainly was wearing that day considering his very limited 1923 service, a hand-me-down from utility infielder Johnny Cooney, whose surname is embroidered directly into the jersey body at lower left front tail. The heavy white flannel garment still sports the logo "B" over the heart in blue felt, and a label in the collar which has faded beyond legibility. One button is missing from the chest, and a few small scattered stains and very minor moth damage is apparent upon close inspection, but the overall aesthetics are superior to 98% of period uniforms. We mention that the Padgett family has supplied us with a digital photograph of the young shortstop wearing what is almost certainly this jersey, identical in appearance except for the black armband worn by all National League clubs following the sudden August 2nd death of President Warren G. Harding. Note that these mourning bands were not sewn onto the jerseys, so no sign of its earlier presence remains.

    Padgett would go on to represent the Braves in 1924 and 1925, but the home jerseys were pinstriped in these years, assuring 1923 vintage. A letter of provenance from the Padgett family will accompany this rare and important garment. Letter of provenance from Padgett family.

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