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1934 Brooklyn Dodgers Road Uniform - Jersey (Flowers), Pants (Al Lopez), and Socks
Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $14,400
Offered here is a rare Brooklyn Dodgers road uniform dating to the 1934 season that is accompanied by a unique and fascinating provenance: This uniform originates from the family of a gentleman who was a bullpen catcher for the Dodgers in 1938, and it is accompanied by a one-page handwritten letter of provenance from his daughter. In her letter, she explains that as a bullpen catcher, her father did not warrant a brand-new uniform and instead was outfitted with an older uniform from a previous season: a 1934 road jersey designated for utility infielder Jake Flowers and a pair of matching 1934 pants worn by future Hall of Fame catcher Al Lopez. 1930s-era Brooklyn Dodgers uniforms are scarce and this is one of the few examples we have seen. The fact that this is a complete uniform, consisting of a jersey, pants, and stirrup socks, and that the pants were once worn by Hall of Fame catcher Al Lopez, makes it an even more significant find.
The gray wool pinstripe jersey, with navy piping on the collar, front, and sleeve ends, is lettered "Brooklyn" on the front and features the number "37" on the reverse. All letters are appliquéd in navy on red felt, while all numerals are appliquéd in navy felt. The name "J. Flowers" is chain-stitched in red in the collar. Also located in the collar, directly to the left of the name, is a "Spalding" label. The matching gray wool pinstripe pants feature a button fly and both large and small navy belt loops. Located in the waistband of the pants is a "Spalding" label, with the name "A. Lopez" chain-stitched in red directly to the right. The number "37" is written in laundry marker in the waistband, as is another name that is illegible. The number "37" on the reverse of the jersey is vintage, but is not original to the jersey, as one can see the vague stitch outline of a previous number. Aside from the number change on the reverse, both the jersey and pants are original as issued, with no other alterations. The jersey and pants both display moderate wear, including a few stains, and remain in Excellent condition overall. Accompanying the jersey and pants are a pair of navy, red, and white stirrup socks, which are also in Excellent condition.
Jake Flowers played with Brooklyn from 1927 through 1931, and then again in 1933; however, the Dodgers did not begin the practice of wearing uniform numbers until 1932. In February 1934, the Dodgers sold Flowers' contract to Buffalo of the International League, at which point the club probably took his jersey, removed the number and issued it to a minor-league player during spring training or simply kept it in the clubhouse as an extra. There is no record of any Brooklyn Dodgers player wearing number "37" in 1934. In fact, the number was never worn by a Dodgers player until 1942, when it was first issued to Frenchy Bordagaray. Al Lopez played with the Dodgers from 1928 through 1935 and wore number "10" from 1932 through 1935. Since the number "37" is written in the waistband of the pants, this uniform was most likely issued to a non-roster player before being reissued to the team's bullpen catcher a few years later. Regardless of its exact player history, it remains an extremely rare and desirable Brooklyn Dodgers style uniform and one that would be a welcome addition to any advanced uniform or Brooklyn Dodgers collection. LOA from Dave Bushing. SOLD FOR $14,400
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