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    1947-48 Gil Hodges Game Worn Brooklyn Dodgers Rookie Jersey. Though this Brooklyn Dodgers cult hero did make a single appearance for the 1943 club before two seasons of military service during the Second World War, his 1948 campaign is officially considered his rookie season, beginning his reign as the club's starting first baseman that would last until his trade to the newly-minted 1962 Mets. From the unique tagging style of this home white flannel, we're able to pinpoint the vintage to either that 1948 rookie season, or his twenty-four games as catcher for the 1947 Bums, the National League Champions best recalled for its pioneering rookie Jackie Robinson. It's possible that the jersey saw action in both.

    The design is instantly evocative of those cherished days at Ebbets, the classic "Dodgers" script applied in blue felt to the chest, with matching blue numerals on verso. It must be noted that those numerals now read "34," but the stitching path of the original "1" is easily visible, the current "3" the result of secondary wear at the minor league level. The aforementioned "Spalding" label appears at interior collar above an embroidered "Hodges" swatch. A washing instructions label and size "44" tag are sandwiched in between.

    Wear is strong throughout, with some scattered staining and a team repair which account for two of the four points deducted by MEARS (the other two for the aforementioned number change), but the aesthetics remain strong, and its status as a rookie jersey of one of the most beloved Bums of all, and one who still stands a chance at posthumous Hall of Fame induction, establishes it among the most appealing post-war jerseys to enter the bidding process this auction season. LOA from MEARS, A6. LOA from Heritage Auctions.

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    August, 2012
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