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    1970 Frank "Tug" McGraw Game Worn New York Mets Jersey. Best remembered for his strikeout of Kansas City Royals outfielder Willie Wilson to finalize the Philadelphia Phillies' 1980 World Series Championship, McGraw proudly donned this road grey gamer a decade earlier as a defending Champ the season after the Amazin' 1969 Mets campaign. The gorgeous garment, a stylistic homage to the club's National League predecessors the New York Giants, derives from a very small supply of surviving Mets flannels, most long since lost to the minor leagues and/or the dustbin of history.

    McGraw repeated his 1969 status as the club's most utilized reliever in 1970, making fifty-seven appearances in support of a deadly starting rotation which included Hall of Famers Tom Seaver and Nolan Ryan. Though these legends would be a tough act for any ballplayer to follow, McGraw remained one of the fan favorites, both for his talents on the mound and his magnetic charm. It was Tug who coined the phrase which became the theme of the 1973 National League Champs--"Ya Gotta Believe!"

    The presented jersey features the classic Old English "New York" in blue felt and red tackle twill on the chest. McGraw's number "45" is similarly crafted on the jersey front, then repeated entirely in tackle twill on verso. Team logo patch remains in position on left sleeve. Embroidered swatch at interior collar announces "45-44-70 Set 2." Proper "Wilson [size] 44" label appears at lower left front tail. Solid wear is evident throughout, and blue sharpie signature on chest is 10/10. A flawless representation from one of the most popular figures on those unforgettable early Mets squads. LOA from Heritage Auctions. Full LOA from PSA/DNA (autograph). Full LOA from James Spence Authentication (autograph).

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