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    One of Mays' final flannels!

    1971 Willie Mays Game Worn San Francisco Giants Jersey.


    UPDATE: Please note tagging is on exterior tail (as evident in photos), not interior.

    He was rated number two on The Sporting News' list of "Baseball's 100 Greatest Players of the Twentieth Century," topped only by the iconic Babe Ruth. There are many who would contend that it was Mays deserved top billing--in the end, it comes down to your particular definition of "greatness." That Babe Ruth was the most noteworthy figure in twentieth century baseball is difficult to dispute. And it's true that he was the game's premier pitcher before he became the game's premier slugger. But if baseball's "five tools" is the metric--hitting for average, hitting for power, baserunning, throwing and fielding--Mays' superiority is clear.
    The presented home white flannel finds the iconic Hall of Famer celebrating the twenty-year anniversary of his auspicious 1951 Rookie of the Year campaign, still relevant at age forty with league-leading numbers for walks (112) and on-base percentage (.425), both career-highs as well. His eighteen home runs would elevate him to 646 for his Hall of Fame career.

    The Giants utilized "Wilson" and "McAuliffe" home jerseys in 1971, their final season in flannels, and this is the latter, presumably from the same batch that included Juan Marichal's jersey Heritage auctioned in November 2013. "Giants" arches gently across the chest in black-on-orange lettering, with that fabled number "24" similarly applied to verso. Embroidered swatch at interior collar reading "Mays" is a perfect match to that Marichal gamer, while the "McAuliffe Uniform Corp, 71, 42" tagging is inside the lower left tail rather than outside.

    Moderate game wear is evident, and some inconsequential light staining at upper chest may or may not be related to on-field action. Our consignor, a renowned, veteran collector, conveyed to us that the jersey was given to Joe O'Toole, vice president of the Pittsburgh Pirates, by Spec Richardson, general manager of the Giants, presumably as the two teams met in the 1971 NLCS. A spectacular gamer from the last great season of the Say Hey Kid. LOA from Heritage Auctions.


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    February, 2018
    24th-25th Saturday-Sunday
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