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    Sandy Koufax 1957 Brooklyn Dodgers Game Worn Road Jersey Curiosity forces us to ask "What if?" That's what a scout for the Brooklyn Dodgers wondered when he saw a young man pitching for the University of Cincinnati who could hurl a blazing fastball, but not control it. "What if he could learn to paint the corners at ninety-five miles per hour?" thought Al Campanis. The answer began to unfold in 1955, when Koufax signed a contract and began playing for the Dodgers. Catcher Norm Sherry felt the man with the golden arm was overthrowing, and suggested to him in 1961 that he "ease off a bit." Taking his advice, Koufax closed out the season with eighteen wins. It was smooth sailing from that point on, as Koufax's over-the-top motion earned him six years that were just as prolific: from 1961 through 1966, the fan-favorite threw four no-hitters (one of which was a perfect game), was named Sports Illustrated's "Sportsman of the Year", and won three (pitcher's) Triple Crowns, two World Series MVP Awards, three Cy Young Awards (two of which were by unanimous voting), and two Hickock Belts (the only man to be the recipient more than once). Arthritic pain brought a premature end to Sandy Koufax's career, and after he gracefully bowed out of the game once the 1966 season had closed, fans were left asking "What if health had smiled with more favor upon the boy from Brooklyn?" It is an issue that many have hypothesized about, frequently concluding that Koufax was the greatest athlete to ever step foot on a mound. Based on what the world saw, it's hard to make a strong counter-argument.

    That being said, it is with great pride and excitement that we offer this game used flannel, worn by Koufax throughout the last season that the Dodgers represented the borough of Brooklyn. Serious uniform collectors, who will certainly be chief among those in the hunt for this monumental offering, need no lesson in the rarity of Brooklyn Dodgers flannels. In any auction year, only one or two might make it to the block. The appearance of a superstar Hall of Famer among that small handful, therefore, is definitely worthy of a letter home. The intense desirability of this piece is even further compounded by its wonderfully strong condition, also a rarity among jerseys from this era that tend to show moth holes, extensive staining, tears and/or restoration. While wear is clearly evident, "damage" is held to an absolute minimum. Short of a single egg-sized brown patch on the verso, a half-inch tear under the letter "D" on the chest, and a hole in the blue felt of the team nickname the size of a ball bearing, this jersey shows no signs of change from its days on the shoulders of the great southpaw. "Dodgers" is sewn in classic blue felt script across the chest, with the immortal number "32" taking up the rear. "Spalding [size] 44" labeling in the tail gives way to the chain-stitched "Koufax 57" just below. Finally, Mr. Koufax has added his perfect blue sharpie signature to the inner collar of the jersey, leaving the jersey's new owner with nothing left to do but gaze upon it with childlike wonder. LOA from Dan Knoll & Dave Bushing/SCD Authentic. Additional LOA's James Spence & Steve Grad/PSA DNA and Mike Gutierrez/MGA.


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    Auction Dates
    September, 2004
    10th-11th Friday-Saturday
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