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    From the estate of Hall of Famer Roger Bresnahan

    1930's Tony Lazzeri Game Worn New York Yankees Cap, MEARS Authentic. "Unless I can break my record this year," said Babe Ruth at the start of the fabled 1927 American League season, "I believe there are only two men in baseball who have a chance to do it. One of them is Lou Gehrig, and the other is Tony Lazzeri." While the Babe may have been overly generous in including the Yankee second baseman on the list of potential suitors to the sport's manliest record, Lazzeri's eighteen long balls for Murderer's Row was good enough for third place in the American League rankings, a tally that would have made him the greatest star of any other team in baseball.

    But the Hall of Fame second baseman thrived in the twin shadows of his iconic teammates, pairing power unprecedented in a middle infielder with steady fielding to earn a starting position with the first American League All-Star team in 1933. He remains the only man in Major League history to record two grand slams in a single contest, a 1936 game during which he set the American League RBI record of eleven. As the first great Italian player to take up residence in the melting pot of New York City, Lazzeri was a hero to that demographic and a major force in popularizing our National Pastime within that nation's immigrant population.

    "He didn't discover America," reported The New York Times, "but Columbus never went behind third for an overthrow to cut off the tying run in the ninth inning."

    But despite Lazzeri's plentiful and crucial contributions to Big Apple baseball, relics from his dozen seasons of pinstriped service rarely surface in the collecting community. A welcome exception to that unfortunate trend appears here in the form of a classic navy wool cap worn while defending the right side of the infield with fellow Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig. Wear and age has turned the surface as soft as velvet, with a perfectly malleable visor and stiffening (and some tearing) of the interior leather headband. Some of this damage intersects with the player attribution, but the orange embroidered, "Lazzeri A" remains fully legible, perfectly matching the chainstitching format of other period Yankees caps in our archives.

    The important relic derives from the voluminous collection of Roger Bresnahan that supplies this Platinum Night event with dozens of lots from that Hall of Famer's career, but the reason why Bresnahan owned this piece has been lost to history. LOA from MEARS, Authentic. LOA from Heritage Auctions. Letter of provenance from the Bresnahan family.







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    February, 2015
    21st-22nd Saturday-Sunday
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