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    1968 Gaylord Perry Game Worn San Francisco Giants Jersey.

    TV reporter: "Does your daddy throw a grease ball?"
    Gaylord Perry's five-year-old daughter: "It's a hard slider."

    Though he retired with over 300 wins, over 3,500 strikeouts, Gaylord Perry will always be associated with that most curious and naughty of all pitches - the spitball. Even today, the debate still lingers as to whether or not he actually threw it as often as people thought he did. What is not up for debate is the fact that Perry was a highly skilled pitcher who recorded five twenty-win seasons and two Cy Young awards (one in each league).

    In 1968, the year to which this lot holds witness, Perry's 2.45 ERA helped propel the Giants to an impressive 90-72 record. The highlight of his season (and probably for his career) was the no-hitter he pitched for the hometown fans against St. Louis ace, Bob Gibson, the N.L. MVP and Cy Young winner that season. Could this be that very jersey?

    Perry's home white cotton flannel has aged gracefully to an attractive cream tone, with "Giants" arched across the chest and "36" on the verso, all sewn on in black felt on orange tackle twill, which really make the identifiers pop out. Meanwhile, the orange and black piping are the perfect compliment. The tail has a "Wilson 46" tag with a chain-stitched "1968." The collar details a chain-stitched "Perry" with "36" and "46" penned in vintage marker, probably for use in spring training in subsequent years. However, the overall condition is spectacular suggesting the jersey was never used in the minors. Worn by a Hall of Famer, this original and unrestored flannel is a coveted style in great condition, making it a museum quality display piece. LOA from Heritage Auctions.

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    May, 2017
    11th-13th Thursday-Saturday
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