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    1952 Dick Donovan Game Worn Boston Braves Jersey & Pants. Zippered jerseys occupy an interesting place in uniform and baseball history. White Sox manager Jimmy Dykes was the first Major Leaguer to to employ this revolutionary new fashion trend when he went zippy in 1936, supposedly to save time getting dressed and undressed. Meanwhile, the first team to adopt the style was the 1937 Cubs, purportedly because they felt it allowed for "better draping." The height of the zipper zeitgeist was 1940, when eight of the sixteen teams went buttonless.

    During the last seven years in Boston, the Braves matched their zipper motif with one of the most attractive and recognizable uniform designs of the flannel era, namely the "tomahawk style, which they wore from 1946-52 (and from 1953-52 in Milwaukee). The exemplar on offer here is a fine representation of that wondrous pairing. The zipper-front road gray flannel jersey, with red/blue piping adorning the collar and zipper path, displays "Braves" scripted across the chest in red/black felt and a tomahawk below in black/mustard felt with red/white Swiss embroidery. The verso reveals "20," all sewn on in red on blue felt numbers. Best of all, though, is the Indian head patch which is featured on the left sleeve in red/yellow/green/mustard/gray/black felt and Swiss embroidery. There is a "MacGregor Gold Smith 44" label in the collar and a "Set 1 1952" flag tag in the tail. Matching pants have "Danna" in the waist. Both pieces exhibit fine wear and are in exemplary condition. LOA from Heritage Auctions.

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