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    1970 Ray Fosse Game Worn Cleveland Indians Jersey--Possibly Worn During Rose Collision. Love him or hate him, the final play of the 1970 All-Star Game likely reinforces your opinion of Pete Rose. For his legions of supporters, the bone-jarring collision at home plate that supplied the National League with a walk-off victory and Indians catcher Ray Fosse with a lifetime of aches and pains serves as the ultimate validation of the "Charlie Hustle" persona. Yet others consider such a dangerous blow in a meaningless exhibition to be evidence of a pathological competitiveness that was central to Rose's downfall.

    But if that twelfth-inning smash-up in front of Rose's hometown crowd at Riverfront serves as a defining chapter in the story of Pete Rose, for victim Ray Fosse it is the entire book. Though his career spanned thirteen Major League seasons, that Midsummer Classic assault remains Fosse's baseball legacy.

    By all appearances, this is the jersey Fosse was wearing as he was steamrolled by Rose, though the inferior photographic and film resolution of the period makes a definitive attribution impossible. Certainly every visible detail, from the "Cleveland" spanning the chest to the number "8" on verso to the Chief Wahoo patch on left sleeve are a match to period imagery. Heavy game wear suggests a full season's action, particularly apparent in the softening of the tags at lower left front tail, reporting, "Spalding [size] 44" and "Set 1 #8P 1970" anchored by a washing instructions label. With the exception of two buttons, the garment remains in 100% original condition. LOA from Heritage Auctions.

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    August, 2017
    19th-20th Saturday-Sunday
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