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    1956 Roy Campanella Game Worn Brooklyn Dodgers Jersey, MEARS A9.5. The humble backstop may not have garnered the attention that followed Jackie, Pee Wee and the Duke during that most glorious era of New York City baseball, but there was arguably no more essential component in the sustained success of those last Brooklyn Dodgers teams than Roy Campanella. "He was always doing something to help you win a game, whether it was digging out a low pitch, throwing out a baserunner, or hitting a home run," explained Dodgers manager, Walt Alston, reporting the facts that earned Campy three National League MVP Awards during the first half of the 1950's.

    The tragic 1957 automobile accident that brought a sudden end to his Major League service failed to block Campanella's path to Cooperstown, but succeeded in establishing game used artifacts from his historic decade of Major League service to be among the toughest of post-war Hall of Famers.

    Campy would win five National League pennants with the Bums, and this historic garment dates to the last, almost certainly worn during some portion of the four World Series contests at Ebbets that year. The jersey exhibits heavy wear, and we love the pilling of the fabric from the Hall of Fame catcher's chest protector. The sole half-point lost in the MEARS assessment relates to "small fabric holes," though our catalog imagery will illustrate that the effects are negligible.

    "Dodgers" and "39" are applied in blue and red felt respectively there, while the digits are repeated in blue on verso. "Campanella" is embroidered in blue directly to the lower right front tail beneath proper "Rawlings Hall of Fame Flannel [size] 44" tagging. Flip the tail over and you'll find the vintage supplied by a "Set 1 1956" flap tag anchored by a washing instructions label at interior. The ultra-short sleeves are pure Campy, as any examination of period photography will substantiate.

    Our consignor is the son of Lee Ferrerra, who played minor league ball in the Dodgers farm system from 1957-59 and was issued this jersey as a hand-me-down, as was standard practice for many years. His letter of provenance will attend. LOA from MEARS, A9.5. LOA from Heritage Auctions.

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