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    Rare garment dates to O'Doul's second National League batting championship season

    1932 Lefty O'Doul Game Worn Brooklyn Dodgers Warm-Up Jacket. Extraordinarily rare garment is a white whale for the advanced Dodgers collector, as the team wore this rather staid version of the logo letter "B" on its uniforms only two seasons--1931-32--otherwise favoring the familiar Old English style that held sway throughout the bulk of their Ebbets Field residency. Our consignor reports that he acquired the jacket from "Jersey Joe" Stripp, a third baseman who represented the Dodgers for the bulk of his eleven Major League seasons. Stripp reported that O'Doul left the jacket with him at the conclusion of a shared fishing trip following the 1932 season.

    And what a season it was for the southpaw slugger, who recorded 219 hits (with twenty-one home runs) to lead all National Leaguers with a .368 batting average, a full eighteen points superior to that of second-place finisher and future Hall of Famer Bill Terry. O'Doul would finish third in Most Valuable Player voting for 1932, and famously join Ruth, Gehrig and Foxx on the historic Tour of Japan two years later.

    The jacket is the classic letterman style, with a chenille logo "B" over the heart and patriotic red, white and blue trim at collar, cuffs and lower hem. The body is constructed of navy twill, with a small tear near one of the front pockets, while the leather of the sleeves has been lost to leave the unfinished fabric beneath. Interior lining is also missing, along with manufacturer's labeling and any physical attribution to O'Doul. Concerns about these faults must be tempered by the context of the style's rarity and the significance of O'Doul's 1932 campaign however.

    Beyond these issues, the jacket displays remarkably well as almost certainly the lone survivor of the format. Size labeling is likewise gone, but the garment perfectly complements O'Doul's six-foot, 180 pound frame. LOA from Heritage Auctions.

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