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The First West Coast World Championship Season!1959 Don Drysdale Game Worn Los Angeles Dodgers Jersey (MEARS A10) with 1960 Pants (MEARS Authentic). Those wholesome "happy days" of the 1950's weren't all "Leave it to Beaver" and "Father Knows Best," despite what late night classic television re-runs might have you believe. John Wayne ruled the silver screen with murderous detachment, and Rocky Marciano turned every Heavyweight title defense into a bloody battle of attrition. In Major League Baseball, it was a six-foot five right hander out in Los Angeles who served as the standard bearer for no-nonsense masculinity, a lawman who doled out justice with searing horsehide. "If they knocked two of your guys down, I'd get four," he explained. You have to protect your hitters."
A menacing persona only gets you so far, however, and while Drysdale's eighteen plunkings led all National League pitchers in 1959, so did his 242 strikeouts, and the four complete game shutouts he pitched en route to denying the Milwaukee Braves juggernaut a third consecutive flag. In just their second season in Los Angeles, the Dodgers would continue on to match their World Championship tally built over seven decades of Brooklyn haplessness, claiming a four games to two World Series victory over the Chicago White Sox.
Presented is a home white flannel worn on the mound by the future Hall of Famer during that historic campaign, and possibly during Drysdale's Game Three Fall Classic victory at the Los Angeles Coliseum. As the unimprovable rating from the experts at MEARS would indicate, the garment remains 100% original and unaltered since its time with the iconic beanballer, announcing "Dodgers 53" in classic blue and red felt on the chest, with the digits repeated in blue on verso. Lower left front tail holds proper "Rawlings Hall of Fame Flannel [size] 44" labeling above a blue chain stitched "Drysdale 59," embroidered directly into the jersey body. Interior tail reveals a washing instructions label holding a "Set 1 1959" flap tag at right edge. The jersey exhibits solid wear but none of the staining or moth holes typical of decades-old flannel. The obverse is autographed twice in bold black sharpie.
Matching white pants date to the subsequent season, as an embroidered swatch at interior waistband indicates: "Drysdale 60 33 ins." Manufacturer and washing instructions labels are identical to the jerseys, and are joined by a size "38" designator. Like the jersey, the pants show solid, undamaged wear and support a perfect joint display. A separate MEARS letter accompanies the pants with an "Authentic" rating, the only affirmation assigned by the service for pants. Full LOA's from MEARS (Jersey A10, Pants "Authentic.") Full LOA from PSA/DNA (autograph). Full LOA from James Spence Authentication (autograph).
1959 Don Drysdale Game Worn Los Angeles Dodgers Jersey (MEARS A10) with 1960 Pants (MEARS Authentic).
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