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Lot # 1374 (of 1743)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1946-1949 St. Louis Browns Game-Worn Cap

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $940

The St. Louis Browns have always been a favorite among collectors. Few original jerseys or caps have survived, and it is easy to appreciate why apparel items from the team would have special meaning to many different types of collectors. Presented is an outstanding original St. Louis Browns game-used home cap dating to the four-year period 1946 through 1949. The white wool cap, with dark-brown brim, features the club's interlocking "StL" logo embroidered in orange on the front. A "Rawlings" label is located along the back of the interior white-leather headband, below which is what appears to be the remnants of a size tag. The number "22" is written on the underside of the brim in vintage black marker. This is a rare-style Browns cap that was only worn by the Browns between the years 1946 and 1949. Unfortunately, as is expected with caps from this era, there are no other identifiers present to more narrowly define its specific year of use. The Browns in this era were a team with many mediocre players that stayed briefly (no insult to the Browns is intended! This was part of the charm of the team). The roster changed with great frequency, which naturally creates some uncertainty with reference to the precise player attribution of this cap. Four different players wore number "22" during the 1946-1949 time period of this style cap: George Bradley (1946), Babe Martin (1946), Denny Galehouse (1947), and Frank Biscan (1948 and 1949). The hat displays evidence of former use, including some general soiling and a number of tears/holes on the top of the brim. In Very Good condition. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $940

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