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    1960 Ted Williams Game Worn & Signed Boston Red Sox Jersey, MEARS A10.

    "Like a feather caught in a vortex, Williams ran around the square of bases at the center of our beseeching screaming. He ran as he always ran out home runs-hurriedly, unsmiling, head down, as if our praise were a storm of rain to get out of. He didn't tip his cap. Though we thumped, wept, and chanted 'We want Ted' for minutes after he hid in the dugout, he did not come back...Gods do not answer letters."

    John Updike, author of more than one Great American Novel, couldn't have penned a more fitting ending to Ted Williams' career if he had been tasked with imagining it, rather than simply reporting his experience at Fenway Park on September 28, 1960. Many today believe that Babe Ruth had hung up his thunderous bat immediately after his fabled three-home run performance at Forbes Field a quarter century earlier, but in point of fact he returned for a final week of limping anticlimax before retirement. Ted Williams, conversely, truly did choose the special punctuation of his 521st home run as his own farewell, supplying an ending common to Hollywood screenplays yet sorely lacking in real life.

    But Williams' refusal to grant the Fenway grandstands a final bow is as much a part of the biography as that last lap at Lansdowne Street, that satisfying "blaze of glory" departure. The legendary slugger was famously gruff, the antithesis of Ruth's joyful gregariousness, but certainly not without due cause, particularly near the end. He had given more than half his life to the Red Sox, and nearly five seasons of his prime to Uncle Sam, but when Father Time had begun to gnaw away one of the highest career batting averages in Major League history, the press and fans of Boston had been merciless. Williams entered retirement convinced that none of them deserved the final gift he had bestowed upon them.

    Perhaps this home white flannel is the one the complicated legend donned that afternoon of clashing emotions. It stands as one of the most recognizable in American sports, the classic design providing an Old English "Red Sox" in red and navy felt across the chest, and the immortal number "9." on reverse. Lower left front tail bears the proper "Tim McAuliffe" manufacturer's label, with a "'60" year swatch and "46" size designator at the bottom corners thereof. Just above, Williams supplies a nod to the fandom he denied on that early autumn day, in the form of a perfect black sharpie signature.

    The jersey exhibits solid game wear and remains 100% original and unaltered, garnering a flawless rating from the hobby's leading uniform evaluation service. Serving as a closing bookend to one of the greatest careers in the history of American sports, it's a garment with few equals in the collecting marketplace. LOA from MEARS, A10. LOA from Heritage Auctions. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.

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    February, 2017
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