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    1932 Truett "Rip" Sewell Game Worn Rookie Jersey. A cousin of New York Yankees Hall of Famer Joe Sewell, Rip is best remembered today for his "eephus pitch," a crazy, looping oddity that soared twenty-five feet above the diamond before (hopefully) dropping into the strike zone. Sewell developed the pitch after a hunting accident permanently damaged the big toe on his push-off foot, requiring a revamping of his pitching motion. The presented jersey dates from nine years prior to the shooting, a brief stay at Navin Field which ended when a soaring home run by Athletics superstar Jimmie Foxx suggested to Tigers management that further minor league practice was required.

    With Sewell seeing just ten and two-thirds innings of action his rookie season, it's little wonder that his presented flannel exhibits little wear, and it's a blessing as well. This is certainly one of the best-preserved prewar flannels you're likely to encounter, with only a few all but imperceptible pinhead-sized moth holes to deviate from pristine state. "Detroit" is scripted across the chest in deep navy felt, with number "22" applied in the same material to verso. Square "Spalding" tag is located at interior collar, and "Sewell 4 32" is embroidered directly into rear right exterior tail, noting name, set number and year respectively. A very tough three-year style in marvelous condition, from a two-time twenty-game winner, and one of the more colorful aces of his day. LOA from Lou Lampson.



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    October, 2009
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