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    Circa 1911 Tully Frederick "Topsy" Hartsel Game Worn Jersey. One of just a tiny handful of jerseys dating to Connie Mack's first great Philadelphia Athletics dynasty known to survive today, this incredible home white flannel shared the diamond with the likes of Frank "Home Run" Baker, Eddie Plank and Charles "Chief" Bender when the City of Brotherly Love was the center of the baseball world. It comes to us from the descendants of Hartsel, who served the cause of the White Elephants for ten seasons, though it would stand to reason that this was his last jersey that he kept, dating it to the World Championship season of 1911.

    The simple style, however, with the black felt letter "A" over the heart and pullover/buttoned tailoring, is correct for Hartsel's entire term of Athletics service. The ancient "Spalding" manufacturer's tag appears at rear interior collar, with a pale "Hartsel" chain stitched just below. Button holes at the sleeve cuffs recall a day when removable long sleeves were in baseball vogue. Sadly, the decision was made at some point to trim the jersey of its collar. But, outside of this alteration and a single missing button, the jersey remains exactly as it was worn during the fabled Dead Ball days.

    Wear is strong throughout, but the jersey is free of the heavy staining and moth damage so often seen on ancient flannel uniforms. A few light spots, likely tobacco-related, are noted for accuracy but cause no visual concern. Provenance is spectacular, as this jersey shares space with several other lots from the Hartsel estate, including his 1910 World Series trophy, also found within this auction. Included with the jersey is an 8x10" mounted photograph (Good) picturing Hartsel wearing what may very well be the offered jersey. LOA from Lou Lampson.

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    May, 2008
    3rd Saturday
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