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    1946 Joe DiMaggio Game Worn & Signed New York Yankees Jersey Photo Matched to Home Opener! It had been more than three years since the Yankee Clipper had last set foot inside the House that Ruth Built, entering the Armed Forces in February of 1943 after losing the 1942 World Series in five games to the St. Louis Cardinals. Though Joltin' Joe's primary service to the war effort was entertaining the troops in exhibition games, surely there was concern that the sharp instrument honed through seven seasons of elite Major League play had dulled during his absence from the professional game. But the Hall of Fame outfielder immediately put those concerns to rest during his long-awaited return to pinstripes on April 19, 1946, treating the Yankee Stadium home opener crowd of 55,000 to a walk-off thriller against the visiting Washington Senators.

    The experts at Resolution Photomatching used a photo of the legendary slugger posing with Joe, Jr. in the Yankees dugout before that game to provide the offered garment with the most ironclad assurance of authenticity possible, the pinstripe patterns at collar and shoulder leaving no doubt that the jersey he wears in the image and the one offered here and one and the same. Junior seems thrilled just to have his pop back home after a long absence, but he surely beamed with pride as his father stepped to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning with the Yankees down a run and drove a double to left field to bring home Snuffy Stirnweiss with the tying run and putting Tommy Henrich on third with one out. Moments later, Yankees left fielder Johnny Lindell drove a towering shot to center, plating Henrich with the walk-off sacrifice fly. DiMaggio would end the day with three hits in five at bats, two of them doubles.

    The jersey he wore in that game, and to yet another top-twenty finish in American League MVP balloting, survives in marvelous condition without any of the staining, tearing or moth damage typical of ancient flannel. We report that the number "5" on verso is a later replacement, but the sewing path of the original, considerably smaller number "5" is still very easy to spot. The logo "NY" on the chest may very well be a replacement as well, but if it is not original the restoration is so masterfully accomplished that no sign of an earlier stitching path can be located. Everything in the collar is original and unaltered, with "Spalding [size] 44" and "Dry Clean Only" labeling above an embroidered "J DiMaggio" swatch. An 8/10 black sharpie signature from DiMaggio appears just below. Six of the seven buttons are original. LOA from Resolution Photomatching. LOA from Heritage Auctions. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from Beckett.

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