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    "The Man" claims his seventh and final National League batting championship

    1957 Stan Musial Game Worn St. Louis Cardinals Jersey, MEARS A8. It required a World Championship performance by Milwaukee Braves legend Hank Aaron to deny Stan Musial the 1957 National League MVP Award, but the iconic Cardinal still gave his trophy case a workout this year. For the seventh and final time in his illustrious career, Musial bested all Senior Circuit hitters, earning the illustrious Silver Bat for his scorching .351 average. The editors of Sports Illustrated magazine likewise sought to honor the sturdy outfielder, naming Musial their 1957 Sportsman of the Year, the prize an exacting replica of a Grecian urn.

    Though the 1957 season marked his sixteenth in the Majors, Musial remained very much a player in his prime, the most feared slugger in the National League, as the bold ink of his nineteen intentional walks would signify. With thirty-eight doubles and twenty-nine long balls, he flipped the third digit on his RBI odometer for the tenth season of his career, and his fifth in a row. And those who recall our November 2013 presentation of The Stan Musial Collection might recall the $10,000 price tag for a baseball used in the June 12, 1957 contest that saw him break the National League endurance record with his 823rd consecutive appearance.

    So educated baseball historians will find much to love about this home white flannel worn to such distinction by the 1969 Hall of Fame inductee. Classic birds and bat chenille logo adorns the chest of the garment, giving way to a red and navy felt number "6" on reverse, long since retired by a grateful franchise. Lower left front tail is tagged "Rawlings Hall of Fame Flannel [size] 44" above "Musial 57," embroidered in red directly into the jersey body. An adjacent supplemental tag denotes size "43," and the experts at MEARS confirm this garment is slightly smaller than a 44, clearly a special request by Musial. Interior tail reveals a "Set 1 1957" flap tag anchored by a washing instructions label.

    Game wear is assessed as "heavy," as to be expected for a hard-nosed competitor who appeared in 134 games in 1957. Points are deducted only for light staining and minimal moth damage that do little to distract the eye. A truly important jersey for the advanced collector. LOA from MEARS, A8. LOA from Heritage Auctions.

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