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    Rare full uniform from a pre-war Hall of Famer in his prime!

    1926-27 Sam Rice Game Worn Washington Senators Uniform, MEARS A9. With 2,987 career hits, no man in Major League history retired closer to membership in the 3,000 Hit Club than this nineteen-season servant to the Washington Senators. Years after the conclusion of his Hall of Fame career, Rice would explain, "The truth of the matter is I did not even know how many hits I had. A couple of years after I quit, [Senators owner] Clark Griffith told me about it, and asked me if I'd care to have a comeback with the Senators and pick up those thirteen hits. But I was out of shape, and didn't want to go through all that would have been necessary to make the effort. Nowadays, with radio and television announcers spouting records every time a player comes to bat, I would have known about my hits and probably would have stayed to make 3,000 of them."

    The offered home white uniform finds Rice at the peak of his enormous offensive productivity, set in the midst of a seven-season span (1924-30) that saw the superstar outfielder averaging 207 hits a year. He'd tie his career-best tally of 216 in 1926, the first of two years that the Senators sported this rare style. Rice would finish fourth in American League MVP balloting during that campaign.

    The gloriously understated jersey style features no major design elements on chest or verso--the Senators would adopt uniform numbers in 1931--only twin patriotic shield patches sewn to each sleeve. Navy piping at the collar is slightly frayed, and one of the shields reinforced, each accounting for the half-points that represent the sole MEARS deductions. Interior collar bears proper "Spalding" manufacturer's label beside a red embroidered "S. Rice," now mellowed to a pale salmon shade. MEARS characterizes game wear as "moderate to heavy...consistent for both the jersey and pants."

    MEARS does not consider pants in their grading of full uniforms, but we can happily report that they survive in marvelous condition, exhibiting the aforementioned game wear but no staining, tearing or other unsightly issues. Rear of interior waistband bears the same "Spalding" label and light pink embroidered name identifier as the jersey. Together they constitute one of the rare few full uniforms from a pre-war Hall of Famer ever to tempt a bidding audience. LOA from MEARS, A9. LOA from Heritage Auctions.

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    February, 2020
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