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    1961 Ernie Davis Game Worn Syracuse Orangemen Jersey, Heisman Trophy Season - Worn Versus Pittsburgh 11/4/61. The 2008 feature film "The Express" brought about a resurgence in interest for this tragic superstar, but for those who remember his heroics both on and off the field, his star never faded. Born into the gritty steel belt of western Pennsylvania which has served as the training grounds for many of the gridiron's greatest stars, Davis would find more than 50 college scholarships waiting for him upon his high school graduation. He would follow in the footsteps of his own football idol, the great Jim Brown, choosing Syracuse University, and even going so far as to request the number "44" jersey that Brown had worn with such distinction. Only Davis could have done those digits justice. This game-worn white thin cotton Syracuse "tear-away" jersey was presented to our consignor during a post-game reception at the "Syracuse Hotel" after the Orangemen's 28-9 victory over the University of Pittsburgh. In addition, the young boy also received an actual game ball from the memorable contest, which is also offered in our November Signature Sports Auction. Jersey presents light, but overall use, with slight staining on the right shoulder and four small unrepaired tears throughout. Navy tackle twill numerals are stitched in vibrant orange thread, with a "Wilson [size] 48" tag affixed in the six-button crotch piece, as proper for this style Davis gamer. An absolutely gorgeous representation from one of the most iconic players ever to set foot on the college gridiron. Letter of provenance from the consignor. LOA from Heritage Auctions.

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    November, 2011
    10th-11th Thursday-Friday
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