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    1929-31 New York Giants Game Worn Complete Uniform Attributed to Benny Friedman - Once on Display in Giants Legacy Club! Widely considered the first great passer of professional football, Benny Friedman played his college ball at Michigan, where he led the Wolverines to consecutive 7-1 seasons, in 1925 and 1926. In 1927, Friedman joined the Cleveland Bulldogs of the NFL, and after his successful rookie season, he had a spectacular year with the Detroit Wolverines, where he led the league in passing touchdowns, rushing touchdowns and scoring. Friedman's performance that season was so impressive that Giants owner Tim Mara bought the Wolverines just so he could have the rights to Friedman.

    Presented here is a complete New York Giants uniform attributed to College and Pro Football Hall of Famer Benny Friedman. Originally sourced from well-known game-worn memorabilia collector Jock Smith, who obtained the set from a family member of a Michigan alumni who attended school with Friedman, it was once featured in the New York Giants' Legacy Club at MetLife Stadium.

    Highlighted by an absolutely fabulous red knit No. 21 jersey, it displays moderately toned white cloth numerals that are sewn on the front and back. Please note: No other player wore the No. 21 until Jim Thorpe in 1925. After Friedman, no other player wore No. 21 until Babe Scheuer did in 1934. Most publications note that Friedman only wore No. 1 with the Giants, but it is widely known that even star players of this era wore different numbers from time to time. Presented in this listing is an image of Friedman sporting a No. 21 Giants jersey. In addition, it also includes a crotch "Lowe & Campbell Athletic Goods [size] 42" tag in crotch piece. The "[size] 32" pants are of the correct era, and they feature a "Spalding" tag in the waist. Lastly, the lot includes a well-used brown leather helmet (no manufacturer's markings).

    A true Holy Grail offering, featuring one of the most notable football players of his era, rivaled only by the great Red Grange and Jim Thorpe.


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    May, 2016
    12th-14th Thursday-Saturday
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