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    The first season of "The Gibson Rule"

    1969 Bob Gibson Game Worn St. Louis Cardinals Jersey, MEARS A8.5. Sandwiched between his two Cy Young seasons, Bob Gibson's 1969 campaign yet again found the master in his prime, his eye-popping stat line punctuated with the bold ink of National League supremacy in both earned run average (2.30) and complete games (28). His twenty victories would prove to be the fourth of five seasons he'd reach that elite plateau, and his 269 strikeouts was an improvement on his previous year's tally, a vintage widely regarded as the greatest of the post-war era for the position.

    The 1969 season was the first to utilize a pitching mound lowered from fifteen inches to ten, an attempt to bring the pitcher/hitter dynamic back into balance that was nicknamed "The Gibson Rule" after the man whose utter dominance ushered in the change. Decades later, the regulatory move still irked Gibson, who remarked, "Why should they take away the pitcher's livelihood because he becomes proficient at it? That, to me, seems like what they did. The hitters weren't doing very well against you so they say 'Well, we're going to fix that.' I still might sue baseball for that."

    Presented is a white flannel gamer worn just after the Majors made a molehill out of Gibson's mountain. The classic chenille birds and bat logo adorns the obverse, and an original number "45" appears on front and reverse in two-tone felt. The name on back has been restored to its original state, and the desirable Baseball Centennial patch on left sleeve is a vintage replacement. Lower left front tail holds proper "Rawlings [size] 44" label, framed by "Gibson 69" embroidered directly into the jersey body above, and washing instructions label anchoring a "Set 1 1969" flap tag below. Solid game wear is evident, but the garment presents without any distractions of staining or structural imperfections.

    Our consignor was a "runner" for the Cardinals front office in the late 1960's and acquired this jersey from the Cardinals equipment manager Butch Yatkeman, according to his signed letter of provenance. LOA from MEARS, A8.5. LOA from Heritage Auctions. Letter of provenance from consignor.

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    February, 2017
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