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    1942 Phil Rizzuto Game Worn Jersey with Health Patch. Worth a small fortune in its own right, the "Health" patch on the left sleeve of this pinstriped flannel gamer dates the jersey definitively to the 1942 season, Scooter's second in the Bigs. While Major League baseball wore similar patches on the left sleeves of all jerseys throughout the war years, it was only in 1942 that the word "Health" appeared, changing to striped red and white bars for the 1943 through 1945 seasons. Of course, Rizzuto entered the service after the 1942 season anyhow, returning in 1946 for eleven more seasons in service of the Yankees. In this, his sophomore year, the future Hall of Famer saw action in his first All-Star Game and second World Series, beginning to compile the numbers that would lead him to Cooperstown. The jersey shows excellent wear, though this may be attributed in part to a second life in the minor leagues, which saw the removal of the "NY" patch over the heart. Rizzuto's navy blue felt number "10" remains original to the '42 Yanks, however, as does the embroidered "P. Rizzuto" swatch sewn into the collar. A "Spalding" label above sprouts a size "42" flap tag. A scattering of staining is apparent on front and verso, but nothing that is particularly damaging to visual appeal. A tear in the right armpit is also of minor concern. Collectors are surely aware of how tough Hall of Fame flannels are, particularly those of the pinstriped variety, and will follow this auction with appropriate interest. Sourced from the family of a gentleman who owned a tavern across the street from the minor league ballpark where this jersey was recycled, along with the Stirnweiss jersey and Henrich pants also offered in this sale. LOA from Lou Lampson.

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    May, 2006
    6th Saturday
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