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    Early 1940's Ted Williams Game Worn Pants. For all but the most well-funded collectors of sporting artifacts among us, the dream of a Ted Williams game worn jersey will remain only a dream. The combination of the tremendous demand and anemic supply has driven prices of the few known specimens into the stratosphere, leaving most of us with no other option than to peer at one through Cooperstown plexiglass. One fortunate collector, however, will be able to bring some genuine home white Boston Red Sox flannel from the greatest hitter of all time into his trophy room at the close of this auction, and at a price that will be just a fraction of what a jersey would command. This well-worn pair of pants saw a full season of action in the wardrobe of the great Ted Williams before being recycled for a second tour of duty with the baseball team of New York University. This was a common practice for decades, that Major League uniforms were passed down to various minor league, corporate and/or college teams at the end of the season. Our consignor's father was a member of the early 1940's N.Y.U. ballclub, and had the good fortune of owning the same general build of the Hall of Fame slugger. Quickly noting that the name "Williams" was embroidered in the waistband beside the "McAuliffe" and size "38" tagging, and that a faded number "9" was penned above in marker, the young ballplayer decided he'd choose another pair of pants to wear, and hang onto this pair as a keepsake. A wise choice. Short of a decent tear in the back of the right leg, almost certainly suffered during a slide into the bag, and a few scattered rips elsewhere, the pants remain in quite strong condition, with various team repairs and only a couple of minor stains. The terrific use leads one to imagine how many long balls he clubbed while suited up in this fine artifact, and even if it's possible that these date from his magical 1941 season that saw him top .400 for the last time in baseball history. Letter of provenance from is from a former Atlanta Braves and Texas Rangers player, the son of the man who received this remarkable gift at N.Y.U. over sixty years ago. LOA from Dan Knoll & Dave Bushing/ SCD Authentic.

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    May, 2005
    14th Saturday
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