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    1968 Mickey Mantle Game Worn Pants. The great career of Mickey Mantle could have easily ended before it ever really began. Chasing down a fly ball in the 1951 World Series, Mickey pulled up when center fielder Joe DiMaggio called him off, catching his spikes in a sprinkler head in the process and buckling his knee. The injury took him out of the remainder of that historic Series, and pain in that joint would plague him for the rest of his playing days. We're forced to wonder what the great number Seven could have accomplished if he had two good legs beneath him, but in a sense the fact that he played injured, posting more games in pinstripes than any Yankee in history, is part of the reason we loved him. But we all knew he couldn't last forever.

    These pinstriped pants are quite possibly the last ever worn in the Bronx by the great, wounded veteran. We imagine that many days throughout that final season he would reach down and rub his bad knee through the flannel, and wonder just how much longer he could keep going. Perhaps these were even the pants the Mick was wearing on Friday, September 20th, when he took Red Sox star pitcher Jim Lonborg deep at Yankee Stadium, and limped around the bases for the 536th and final time. With even the great Mickey Mantle issued only two home and two road uniforms per season, it's certainly not hard to imagine. The visible wear is just tremendous, showing all the attributes of fine use you look for in flannel uniforms. It is possible that the pants did serve a second term of duty in the minor league, which could account for the number "35" markered in the waistband, but a "68" and "7" also there appear to have been applied at the same time, so the "35" may indicate waist size rather than the new owner's jersey number. We also find dual "Wilson" tagging in the waistband, noting "1968 Set 1," and an embroidered swatch reading "Mantle 24 ins." Original belt is here as well. A special opportunity to own one of the Mick's last uniform pieces. LOA from Lou Lampson.

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    April, 2010
    22nd-23rd Thursday-Friday
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