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    Circa 1955 Sandy Koufax Spring Training Game Worn Brooklyn Dodgers Cap. A detailed and notarized letter of provenance, excerpted below, tells the tale best:

    "My father Karl Drews played professional baseball for 21 years...He pitched in relief for the Yankees in the 1947 season going 6-6 and had two appearances in the 1947 World Series...He had his best season in the majors in 1952, winning 14 games and finishing 5th in the league with a 2.72 ERA. He finished his major league career in 1954 with the Cincinnati Reds. My father continued to play professional baseball with numerous minor league teams, eventually finishing his career in 1960 with the Mexico City Reds. When we were young our father brought home from his spring training site a hat that he said he got from a very young Sandy Koufax. He told us how he was a very young left handed pitcher who everyone had great expectations for and that he too thought would be a truly great pitcher one day. He told us how special this hat would be some day if Koufax had the type of career that the players and coaches envisioned. We kept the hat in our closet with other items from my father's playing days (there were no fancy hat boxes, bat holders, etc back then)...All of this information is true to the best of my memory and recollection and those of my older sister as well."

    Clearly Drewes suspicions were correct, as Koufax would develop into one of the greatest pitchers in the history of the sport. This rare and unusual style might very well be the very first cap he ever wore as a Big Leaguer, the mesh style matching one in the MEARS (Memorabilia Evaluation and Research Services) database for Duke Snider, circa 1955. Certainly the mesh construction would make sense for spring training wear as the letter of provenance suggests, and the "Tim McAuliffe" tagged creation was never available for retail purchase. The number "32" in marker under the visor appears vintage and is correct for Koufax, and the logo "B" over the oddly-colored green visor assures a vintage no later than 1957. Again, the letter would suggest rookie season derivation for the future Hall of Fame southpaw.

    The cap shows heavy wear, likely a result of use and poor storage, but it still presents well and offers undeniable appeal as quite possibly the earliest Koufax Major League uniform piece in existence. LOA from MEARS, Authentic. Letter of provenance from son of Major League pitcher.

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