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    The Yankee Clipper leads the Junior Circuit in slugging during World Championship season

    1950 Joe DiMaggio Game Worn New York Yankees Uniform, MEARS A8. The old man still had it. Though thirty-five years old and operating in what would prove to be his penultimate season, the legendary Yankees center fielder still wielded the most dangerous bat in the American League during the 1950 baseball season. He drove in 122 runs with thirty-two homers and seventy-five extra base hits to pace the league with a .585 slugging percentage.

    Joe would jolt in two more runs in the four-game World Series sweep of the Whiz Kids of Philadelphia, as well, taking Hall of Fame hurler Robin Roberts deep in the top of the tenth inning of the second contest for what would prove to be the game-winner. For the tenth and final time, the name Joe DiMaggio would appear among the top ten vote-getters for the American League MVP Award, a prize he'd already claimed three times en route to Cooperstown immortality.

    Despite thirteen seasons in pinstripes, and fame matched only by Babe Ruth before him, DiMaggio remains among the most elusive of targets for the advanced uniform collectors, rarer than even the Bambino himself. The same holds true for the population of Gehrigs and Mantles, each more commonly seen on the hobby's auction block than this short-tenured husband of Marilyn Monroe. Discounting Old Timer and coaching format, the population of genuine, privately held gamers could be counted on a single hand.

    The presented lot narrows the field even further, supplying matched jersey and pants worn during the greatest World Championship run in baseballl history, a half-decade of unbroken supremacy. The jersey honors the time-tested format utilized to this day, with the classic "NY" logo over the heart and only a number on back, in this case the fabled "5" that hangs in Monument Park immortality. The American League Golden Anniversary patch on left sleeve replaces the original that was affixed there during spring training of 1951, when DiMaggio welcomed a young Oklahoman named Mantle to the fold. It was standard practice for many years to wear the previous season's uniforms during spring training. This represents the only deviation from its format as worn by DiMaggio during the 1950 World Championship season.

    Interior collar holds the proper "A.G. Spalding & Bros [size] 44" labeling, affixed along with a "Dry Clean Only" tag. Embroidered directly into the lower left front tail in blue: "J. DiMaggio 50."

    The pants feature the same embroidery, in this case applied to a white felt swatch and sewn above the factory labeling: "A.G. Spalding & Bros [size] 40," again paired with a "Dry Clean Only" tag.

    Solid game wear is evident throughout. The experts at MEARS arrive at their lofty rating through half-point deductions for the replaced (but vintage and original) Golden Anniversary patch and a small tear in rear tail, and a full point for general staining, which our catalog imagery should properly indicate is barely apparent. LOA from MEARS, A8. LOA from Heritage Auctions.


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    July, 2015
    30th-31st Thursday-Friday
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