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    "Slingin' Sammy" looks cool as he stays warm

    1942 Sammy Baugh Game Worn Washington Redskins Sideline Sweater. Time marches on--and certainly this is as true for athletic fashion as it is for any other field--but newer isn't always better. This Platinum Night auction features a "warm-up" sweater worn by Hall of Fame outfielder Harry Hooper as a member of the 1912 Boston Red Sox, one of the most beautiful garments ever issued to a professional American athlete, a wonderfully evocative relic of its era. Here we find a worthy equivalent from the gridiron, another sidelines garment with the twin appeal of Hall of Fame ownership and delectable vintage aesthetics.

    The sweater comes to us from the family of Fred Baxter, a man entrusted with the enviable role of equipment manager and trainer for the Redskins between 1937 and 1942, and the baseball Senators of our nation's capital for more than four decades. This auction is populated by several keepsakes from that long service, few as exciting as the offered lot, bearing the double-threes of the 1963 Pro Football Hall of Fame charter-class member.

    The two-time All-American out of Texas Christian University was quite simply the face of the Redskins franchise throughout his sixteen seasons in D.C., and the man most widely credited for bringing the forward pass into the NFL mainstream. Certainly few players in the history of the sport were as crucial to its evolution, and when narrowing the range of consideration to the Redskins franchise, Baugh quite literally stands alone. While several other numbers have been kept from circulation following the retirement of Theismann, Riggins, Monk, etc., Baugh's number "33" is the only jersey officially removed from the Redskins wardrobe.

    The simple burgundy wool pullover sweater is lined in gold, with gold striped trim, celebrating the color palette that has served the franchise since its inception. The front of the sweater is free of adornments, while the back supplies the historic attribution in yellow tackle twill and white felt: "Redskins 33." Our consignor reports that Baugh gifted the sweater to his father before Baxter left for WWII service after the 1942 season.

    Like many wool clothing articles of such advanced vintage, moth holes speckle the surface throughout, but such issues must be forgiven in light of the singular rarity and importance. A manufacturer's label in the collar is present but aged and worn past the point of legibility. But our catalog imagery should support our contention that the fine aesthetics and elite significance make this one of the greatest gridiron treasures to surface on the hobby's auction block in recent memory. Letter of provenance from the family of Washington Redskins assistant trainer/equipment manager Fred Baxter.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    February, 2016
    20th-21st Saturday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 10
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