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    Late 1960's to Early 1970's Game Worn Detroit Red Wings Jersey from The Bill Fundaro Collection. Fire engine red durene with white striping on the sleeves and tail displays the Motor City's classic flying wheel logo across the chest, in white satin twill and red embroidery, with "30" on the verso, all sewn on in white tackle twill. Tags include a small "Olympic Sporting Goods, Detroit" label and "Size 48" flap tag in the collar, along with a "The General" custom tailoring label in the inner tail. Also, the fight trap is intact (probably an early 70's addition to a 60's jersey).

    Solid wear includes fabric runs (4-6" in length) on each sleeve, snags on left sleeve and tail, team repairs on front and left sleeve, stick marks on left sleeve numeral, some general discoloration on fabric and identifiers. The jersey was most likely worn by numerous players from the 60's and 70's, including Roger Crozier, Terry Sawchuck, and Al Smith. Letter of provenance from Bill Fundaro's daughter. LOA from Heritage Auctions.


    More Information: The Bill Fundaro Collection

    They lovingly called him "Foul Ball Billy" during his fifty years of service to the Detroit Tigers franchise. The long-time usher got his start with the ballclub during the unforgettable season of 1968 that saw pitcher Denny McLain record what remains (likely for eternity) the last thirty-win season en route to World Championship glory. Fundaro's last season was 2019 and he passed away in October of last year after spending the 2020 season locked out of the gates of Major League Baseball by the global pandemic.

    Fundaro got his nickname from his primary role of retrieving balls off the screen behind the plate at Tiger Stadium and giving them to umpires or fans. In honor of his Golden Anniversary with the team, Fundaro threw out a first pitch in 2018, earning a loud ovation from the many fans who had come to know him like family.

    The ballplayers, both Tigers and visitors, likewise were drawn to Fundaro's unfailingly friendly demeanor, gifting him a wide array of game used bats and the like which appear upon the following pages. There's even a remarkable supply of material from beyond our national pastime, as Fundaro didn't rest during the baseball offseason, photographing Detroit Lions and Michigan Wolverines games and participating in a wide array of sports-related fundraising efforts. Heritage is please to present this remarkable evidence of a life well-lived, each item accompanied by a letter of provenance from Fundaro's daughter.


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