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    The Chairman of the Board paces the Junior Circuit with eighteen victories

    1955 Whitey Ford 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 Yogi Berra jersey likewise presented within this auction, as souvenirs, and they have been stored in a cedar chest since 1959. Note that the "K" on the jersey chest--since restored to the original "NY," had represented Kearny, not Kansas City as stated in the catalog copy.

    Born and raised just a few miles from the Stadium where he would earn Hall of Fame immortality, Ford was brilliant from his first day wearing the pinstripes, earning victories in his opening nine decisions in 1950 and claiming The Sporting News' Rookie of the Year Award. Uncle Sam would claim his services for 1951 and 1952, but he'd pick up right where he left off in his 1953 return, earning his first bold type in the American League stat lines the year he suited up this flannel beauty, leading all pitchers with eighteen victories and eighteen complete games. Ford was never an overpowering flamethrower, but rather a master of control, pitching back-to-back one-hit games in 1955 and serving as an essential factor in the team's twenty-first American League Championship. He remains the winningest pitcher in Yankees history.

    Ford would make two starts in the 1955 World Series, both at Yankee Stadium, and both victories, the latter a complete Game Six to stave off the elimination that would come the next day, the most glorious in Brooklyn Dodgers history. Certainly the probability is strong that this garment saw Fall Classic action in at least one of those clutch performances.

    The classic design hardly needs description, but we'll provide nonetheless. The logo "NY" appears over the heart, a flawless modern replacement to the "K" that appeared after the original logo was stripped for secondary farm club wear in Kansas City, as was standard practice. The number "16," retired by the franchise in 1974, adorns the reverse. Interior collar is tagged, "Spalding [size] 42," while "E. Ford 55, 16" is embroidered directly into the lower left front tail.

    Beyond the standard deduction for the logo change, the experts at MEARS find no other fault beyond a couple very small holes on the jersey front, claiming a half-point for that consideration. Otherwise the garment displays marvelously, a fine memento of the most glorious age of New York City baseball, and of a master pitcher in his prime. LOA from MEARS, A6.5. LOA from Heritage Auctions.

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    February, 2016
    20th-21st Saturday-Sunday
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