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    1929-30 Syl Johnson Game Worn Uniform. A nineteen-year veteran of the Big Leagues, Johnson's career was plagued by injury, as line drives broke his cheekbone, ribs, big toe, and three fingers on his pitching hand. The starter and workhorse reliever did have six consecutive healthy seasons from 1928 to 1933, a time that accounted for almost half of his career wins, and during which he appeared in three Cardinals World Series. Though this full uniform dates from this period of relative health, it appears that a line drive did find Johnson while he was wearing this incredible home white flannel uniform, as the lower front of the jersey exhibits a rather significant spattering of blood. The jersey presents beautifully despite this rather gruesome battlefield stain, with classic birds and bat logo and "Cardinals" in chenille on the chest, and a felt sleeve patch that has bled slightly. Light but definite wear. "Sainz" label inside collar, a local St. Louis sporting wear manufacturer. Jersey was sourced with matching pants that identify the former owner with "S. Johnson" sewn into button path of fly. Heavy wear evident particularly in patching of knees. Some incidental rust staining at waist is from the metal clasp, and the mate to the clasp has since been lost, though these flaws will not be visible upon display. A tough two-year style, losing a point only for the blood staining, which many will see as a positive attribute. MEARS A9. LOA from MEARS. LOA from Lou Lampson.

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