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    Yogi claims his first of three American League MVP Awards and his fourth of ten World Championship rings

    1951 Yogi Berra Game Worn New York Yankees Jersey.

    UPDATE: This jersey was sent down from the Yankees to their farm team in Kearny, Nebraska, sometime between 1957-1959. When the farm team disbanded, the shirts were left behind. Our consignor, who was the clubhouse boy, took this jersey, and the Whitey Ford jersey likewise presented within this auction, as souvenirs, and they have been stored in a cedar chest since 1959.

    The debut of Mantle. The farewell of DiMaggio. Bobby Thomson's "Called Shot." Few seasons in nearly a century and a half of Major League Baseball reverberate through time quite as strongly as 1951, a year that lent credence to Sinatra's famous tune about the Big Apple. As the Dodgers and Giants scrapped through one of the most memorable pennant races in Senior Circuit history, the Bronx Bombers strolled to their third of five consecutive pennants and subsequent World Series victories.

    Presented is one of the most important relics to emerge from the center of that unequalled age of Yankee reign, worn by the stout little backstop whose enormous contributions both beside and behind the plate earned him his first of three American League MVP Awards. The road grey flannel appears in the time-tested format that first debuted in 1918, a block lettered navy "New York" spanning the chest. Berra's fabled number "8," long since retired from the Yankee wardrobe, is affixed to verso.

    As was standard procedure for decades throughout the Majors, the garment was repurposed for secondary farm club usage after its service to its Hall of Fame master, and stripped of its original identifiers. Front and reverse have been expertly restored to original condition, these replacements accounting for three points deducted in the MEARS rating. The missing American League Golden Anniversary patch on the left sleeve results in another point lost, with the final two-point deduction attributed to "aggregate condition," though a quarter-sized hole in the right shoulder, a small slice in the lower left tail, and minor staining at rear are the only distractions of note in this regard. Our catalog imagery should indicate that the overall aesthetics remain quite strong.

    Definitive attribution to the superstar catcher appears in the form of an embroidered "H. Berra 51" in the tail, an apparent seamstress error as Yogi's given name was Lawrence Peter Berra. Interior collar is labeled "A.G. Spalding & Bros., [size] 44" with cleaning tag. This is the second consecutive year we have had the good fortune to offer a Berra gamer in our New York Platinum Night auction, the first garnering $167,300 in February 2015. LOA from MEARS, A4.



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    February, 2016
    20th-21st Saturday-Sunday
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