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1936 Sam Leslie New York Giants Game-Used Home Jersey - Pennant-Winning Season
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $5,925
New York Giants home jersey worn by first basemen Sam Leslie during the club's 1936 National League Championship season. This is an exceedingly rare New York Giants jersey and one of the earliest examples we have ever offered. The fact that it was worn by a starting player during a pennant-winning season, which means that it possibly saw use in the World Series as well, makes it an all the more significant example. The white flannel jersey is lettered "Giants" across the front and features the number "26" on the reverse. All letters and numerals are appliquéd in blue felt. A "Spalding" label appears in the collar, adjacent to which is Leslie's name and uniform number ("S. Leslie 26") chain-stitched in red. The year ("36") is chain-stitched in red on the back right tail. The jersey is all original, with no alterations, and displays moderate-to-heavy wear. A number of small holes are evident on the front and back, as is a team repair on the reverse. Leslie appeared in 117 games for the Giants in 1936, playing first base in place of player/manager Bill Terry, who was hampered by a knee injury for most of the season. Leslie finished the season with 6 home runs, 54 RBI, and a .295 average. During the World Series against the Yankees, Terry returned to the starting lineup, which relegated Leslie to pinch-hitting duties, where he singled twice in three at bats. The Giants, who lost to the Yankees in six games, hosted Games 1, 2, and 6 in the Series. Leslie's only home appearance in the fall classic was in Game 6. Because players normally received two home and two road jerseys during the year, there is at least a fifty-percent chance that this uniform was the one Leslie was wearing while pinch hitting in Game 6. Leslie retired after the 1938 season, and even though he only started in four of his ten seasons (1929-1938), he has the distinction of finishing his career with a .304 lifetime average. The New York Giants are one of the oldest and most storied franchises in National League history and any of the club's jerseys dating from the postwar era are highly prized by collectors today, especially home examples. Our consignor purchased this jersey at auction in 1999 and it has remained in his sole possession since that time. This is an exceptional garment in all respects, the likes of which are very seldom seen at auction. LOA from Dave Bushing. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $5,925
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