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An "Early" shirt in more ways than one

1942 Early Wynn Game Worn Washington Senators Rookie Jersey, MEARS A10. Though the future Hall of Famer and 300 game-winner had made sporadic appearances in Senators garb in 1939 and 1941, those twenty and forty innings of work respectively were not enough to deny a rookie designation to this grey roadster worn in his 1942 campaign. Wynn would bring his career victories total to thirteen by the close of the 1942 season, his 5.12 ERA providing little indication of the historic achievements to come. The first taste of Wynn's true brilliance would come the following season, when he nearly halved his earned run average while earning eighteen victories for the perpetual cellar-dwelling Senators.

The understated style shows nice wear from appearances at Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park, with a black felt "W" over the heart and a rather diminutive number "11" on verso. The rare and distinctive "Health" patch on the left sleeve assures 1942 vintage, as the format was altered slightly for the remainder of the war years. Interior collar is tagged "Spalding [size] 44," with an embroidered "E Wynn" swatch just below. Close inspection reveals minimal pink dye transfer to the jersey body, but our catalog imagery should indicate that the effect is all but invisible upon display.

The number of Wynn jerseys to surface in the collecting hobby could be counted on a single hand, but our auction database reveals not a single other Senators representation, establishing this quite firmly as the most desirable of that thin supply. A Cooperstown-quality garment for the advanced collector. LOA from MEARS, A10. LOA from Heritage Auctions.


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