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    1967 Don Drysdale Game Worn Los Angeles Dodgers Jersey. He was one of the most dominating pitchers of the 1960's and unquestionably the most intimidating, his 154 hit batsmen a National League record that stands to this day. "My own little rule was two for one," Drysdale explained back in the days before pitchers weren't required to be coy about beanballs. "If one of my teammates got knocked down, then I knocked down two on the other team." Inspiring both fear and consternation in hitters throughout fourteen seasons of Big League service, Drysdale earned a long overdue Hall of Fame nod in 1984.

    This jersey is consigned to Heritage by a former bat boy for the Dodgers, who lists Drysdale and Maury Wills as the two friendliest and most gracious members of the team. Our consignor was with Drysdale as he was cleaning out his locker at the end of the 1969 season, just weeks after the final start of his career, when the star pitcher took a quick sideways glance to make sure the coast was clear, then wordlessly tossed this gamer to the youngster. A letter of provenance from the former bat boy will accompany the lot.

    The home white flannel exhibits solid use throughout, as one could expect when considering the 1967 tagging in the tail paired with the 1969 Centennial patch on the left sleeve. Clearly the jersey was updated for secondary use, signaling a genuine possibility the shirt saw action in 1968 as well, the year Drysdale set his outrageous record of fifty-eight consecutive scoreless innings.

    The classic design provides a blue felt scripted "Dodgers" across the chest, with Drysdale's retired number "53" in red below. The digits are repeated on verso in blue. "Tim McAuliffe" manufacturer's label in tail gives way to "'67" year and "46" size tags below. An embroidered "Drysdale" swatch completes the labeling, while a hand-applied number "2" above likely relates to set number.

    A picture-perfect representation from one of the greatest pitchers ever to represent the Dodgers, with unimpeachable provenance to boot! LOA from Dan Knoll. LOA from Heritage Auctions.

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