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    Purported to have belonged to Hall of Famer Rabbit Maranville

    1929 Boston Braves Game Worn Jersey with Rare Indian Head Patch. It was during the 1929 season that the New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians became the first Major League teams to apply numbers to the backs of their jerseys, a trend that would quickly become standard practice for the sport at all levels. But for three years, the Boston Braves decided upon a quite different application for that blank real estate, choosing aesthetics over the more practical consideration of player identification with the installation of gorgeous Indian head patches in a larger and more detailed design than those already appearing on the chest.

    Presented is one of those exceedingly rare and enormously desirable specimens, a garment that was attributed to 1954 Hall of Fame inductee Walter "Rabbit" Maranville when it emerged from the famous collection of South River, New Jersey mayor James Armstrong in the 1960's, though any physical documentation that may have supported this claim has been lost. It's a jersey that stands very well on the merits of its beauty and scarcity without any assistance from the "Miracle Braves" member.

    The team nickname spans the chest in somewhat worn chenille, though our catalog imagery should reveal that the wear does little to diminish eye appeal. The small Indian head patch at center of the button path is spared any damage beyond a couple pinpricks of moth damage. We find similar wear to the larger patch on reverse, but again the concerns are minor. The absence of a left sleeve patch, or any indication that one has been removed, excludes 1930 and 1931 from consideration and assures 1929 vintage. Proper "Horace Partridge Co." manufacturer's tagging appears at interior collar. No size markings are present, but jersey measures to approximately twenty-four inches (24") across the chest.

    The known examples of this three-year style could be counted on a single hand, and while the Braves struggled mightily during that timespan, one could logically conclude that the team's poor play was an inspiration for the distraction of a wildly unique wardrobe. For the true jersey afficionado, this is a special breed of white whale. LOA from Heritage Auctions.

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    February, 2015
    21st-22nd Saturday-Sunday
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