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1938 Leo Durocher Brooklyn Dodgers Signed Game-Used Cap - Rare One-Year-Only Style

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $3,259

Brooklyn Dodgers cap worn and signed by Hall of Fame shortstop and manager Leo "The Lip" Durocher in 1938. The white, pinstripe cap, with blue bill, displays an embroidered blue "B" on the front. A "Spalding" label appears on the leather headband. Also featured in the headband, stitched in white, are both Durocher's name and hat size, "L. Durocher 7 1/8." Early caps such as this example with the player's name actually stitched in by the manufacturer are especially prized by collectors. Ideally, Durocher has signed the cap on the underside of the brim with what appears to be either gold felt-tip pen or paint pen (grading "3"). It should be noted that this is an exceedingly rare "style" cap that was only used during home games in 1938. That year the Dodgers changed the design of their home uniforms and for that season, and that season only, their home cap featured a pinstripe design, as opposed to the familiar solid blue that came before and after. 1938 marked Durocher's first season with Brooklyn after spending five years as one of the key members of the St. Louis Cardinals fabled "Gas House Gang." Although Durocher batted just .219 with the club that season, his defensive talents and the "intangibles" associated with his style of play resulted in his garnering a number of MVP votes at season's end (he finished eighteenth in the balloting that year). The following season he took over managing duties as well, a position he held for the next eight years before jumping crosstown to the New York Giants. One of the most polarizing figures in all of baseball history (Branch Rickey once said that "Durocher had the ability of taking a bad situation and making it immediately worse"), Durocher's often-quoted line of "nice guys finish last" was so famous that it became his lifelong epithet. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1994. The cap displays light to moderate wear, including a small tear to the headband. LOA from James Spence/JSA (for the autograph only).
Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $3,259

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