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Lot # 1245 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1950s Brooklyn Dodgers Announcer Sweaters - Tex Rickards Photo Matched!

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,067

Pair of white wool sweaters, one a long-sleeve style and the other a vest, each lettered "Dodgers Announcer" in appliqued blue-felt letters on the front. These sweaters were worn by long-time Brooklyn Dodgers public-address announcer Tex Rickards. Rickards, who sat at the end of the Brooklyn Dodgers bench during games, was known for his hilarious malapropisms during games, such as the time he notified the crowd of a missing child by announcing "a little boy has been found lost." Another time he saw some coats hanging over the bleacher wall, and Rickards announced, “Will the fans along the railing in left field please remove their clothes.” Amazingly, the sweaters are accompanied by a photo of Rickards at Ebbets Field wearing an identical-style long-sleeve sweater (which may very well be the offered example). Needless to say, these are two of the rarest Brooklyn Dodgers items we have ever offered, and we cannot imagine that more than a few, if any, other examples have survived. The long-sleeve sweater bears a Spalding manufacturer's tag, while the manufacturer's tag on the sweater-vest is torn, rendering the manufacturer's name illegible. No size tags are present in either sweater, but both are clearly adult size and remain in Excellent condition. Total: 2 sweaters. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,067

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