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    1958 Duke Snider Game Worn Jersey. "We wept," the Hall of Fame Dodgers outfielder said of his teammates' reaction to their departure from Ebbets. "Brooklyn was a lovely place to hit. If you got a ball in the air, you had a chance to get it out. When they tore down Ebbets Field, they tore down a little piece of me." Even today, a full half century since the hated Walter O'Malley pulled up stakes and headed west, you'll find the borough of Brooklyn full of senior citizens who have yet to get over the betrayal. But, in many ways, those tears shed back in 1957 were the nourishment needed for the game to grow, and for the fulfillment of baseball's Manifest Destiny. Today we couldn't imagine the Major Leagues confined to one side of the Mississippi River.

    Dating to what may well be, in retrospect, the most important season in our National Pastime's history, this road grey Los Angeles Dodgers jersey might even have seen action during the first Major League game on the West Coast. The Dodgers would celebrate Opening Day, 1958 as the visitors to the newly christened San Francisco Giants at Seals Stadium. Though the club wouldn't see anything close to the same level of success in 1958 that the following World Championship season would bring, this first-year style is clearly the most desirable of all Los Angeles models. The supple grey flannel body provides the classic "Dodgers" on the chest, the only year the road model would not announce "Los Angeles" instead. Snider's retired number "4" appears on verso. While most jerseys from this era were sent down to the minors following the season and reworked with the new team's design, this example remains 100% original and unaltered but for two of the seven buttons on the jersey front. The tail holds the proper "Wilson [size] 44" label beneath a blue chainstitched "#4 D Snider, 1958 Set 2." Wear is solid and consiste

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