1998 Tino Martinez World Series Grand Slam Game Worn New Y...Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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Description1998 Tino Martinez World Series Grand Slam Game Worn New York Yankees Jersey--Photo Matched! Only the fabled Murderer's Row edition of 1927 outpaced the 1998 Yanks in regular season winning percentage (.714 to .704), but the ending of each story was identical--a four-game World Series sweep. In the first contest of the 1998 World Series, at home in the Bronx, the Yankees trailed by a run until the bottom of the seventh inning, when the Padres' dam burst and seven pinstripers crossed home plate to complete their part of the scoring in a nine-to-six final. The two teams were deadlocked at five runs each when first baseman Tino Martinez stepped to the plate against Padres southpaw Mark Langston with the bases loaded and two outs. After a close "ball" call by home plate ump Rich Garcia brought the count full, Martinez launched the next pitch into the upper deck of the right field seats, nearly bringing down the House that Ruth Built in a cacophony of celebration.
Presented is the jersey Martinez was wearing at the greatest moment of his Major League career, its unique pinstriped pattern allowing for a definitive match to multiple images and video captures from that Game One heroism. The time-honored format features the classic "NY" logo over the heart and number "24" on verso in navy tackle twill, with the "1998 World Series" patch affixed to right sleeve. Lower right front tail bears "Russell Athletic Diamond Collection [size] 46" label with "100% Polyester" and "1" Extra Length" flap tags and a "98 Martinez" swatch just below. Stickers from Steiner Sports, official marketing service for Yankees game used gear, appear here. Appropriate game wear evident. LOA from Steiner Sports. LOA from Resolution Photomatching. LOA from Heritage Auctions.
Guide Value or Estimate: $4,000 - up.
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