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    Brooklyn hearts break twice

    1957 Roy Campanella Game Worn Brooklyn Dodgers Jersey, MEARS A10. The humble backstop may not have garnered the attention that followed Jackie, Pee Wee and the Duke during that most glorious era of New York City baseball, but there was arguably no more essential component in the sustained success of those last Brooklyn Dodgers teams than Roy Campanella. "He was always doing something to help you win a game, whether it was digging out a low pitch, throwing out a baserunner, or hitting a home run," explained Dodgers manager, Walt Alston, reporting the facts that earned Campy three National League MVP Awards during the first half of the 1950's.

    Campy, in his legendary toughness, his tireless work ethic and his blend of Italian and African heritage, was such the classic embodiment of blue collar Brooklyn that the tragic automobile accident that ensured he'd never play a game in California seemed almost ordained by the baseball gods. He'd always belong to Brooklyn alone.

    Presented is a jersey that may well be the very last Roy Campanella ever wore at Ebbets Field, a well-worn but magnificently well-preserved home white flannel that documents the end of a long and glorious era of Big Apple baseball. The garment memorializes its master better than most game used artifacts ever could, from the short-cropped sleeves that showcased Campy's massive biceps to the dye transfer from the red felt number "39" on the chest that the experts at MEARS attribute to the swampy conditions that wool, a chest protector and a long, hot summer produced. Blue felt scripts "Dodgers" across the chest and number "39" again on verso. Lower left front tail provides proper "Rawlings Hall of Fame Flannel [size] 44" labeling above blue text embroidered directly into the jersey body: "Campanella 57."

    It could be argued that a home white Brooklyn Dodgers jersey worn during the 1957 season by Roy Campanella stands as the ultimate tangible epitaph to the glory days of New York City baseball. Though the newly minted New York Mets would attempt to fill the void left by the Major Leagues' Manifest Destiny five years later, that special magic that bound the world's greatest city in kinship and rivalry was lost for good. We collect to remember, and this special artifact brings us right back. LOA from MEARS, A10. LOA from Heritage Auctions.

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    July, 2015
    30th-31st Thursday-Friday
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