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1948 Carl Furillo Brooklyn Dodgers Game-Used Satin Home Jersey - Rare One-Year Style!

Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $3,555

Addendum: Please note that we have been told that these Brooklyn Dodgers white satin jerseys may have been worn sporadically in other years as well. According to the official uniform database of the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Dodgers’ introduced their white satin jerseys in 1948. However, if they were indeed used in subsequent years, we have no evidence to indicate that brand-new white satin jerseys were issued in each of those following seasons.

Rare and fascinating Brooklyn Dodgers white-satin jersey worn by right fielder Carl Furillo in 1948. During the 1940s, the Dodgers, along with a few other National League teams, produced satin uniforms that were intended for use during night games. It was believed that the highly reflective satin fabric made the garments easier to see under the lights. Night baseball was in its infancy in the early 1940s and it is understandable that teams would try to make adjustments to take into account the new conditions presented by playing games at night. The Dodgers produced three different color schemes in satin: white for home games and two different shades of blue (dark blue and powder blue) for road games.

It has been generally accepted that these unique and rare-style satin jerseys were only worn by the Dodgers in 1944, and again, briefly, in 1948. (Both of the blue-satin uniforms were used in 1944, while the white-satin uniforms made their debut in 1948.) However, it was common for the Brooklyn coaches to wear their previously issued satin uniforms during spring training in other years as well, as evidenced by a number of different photos we have seen. The Dodgers unveiled these satin uniforms on May 12, 1944, in a road game at St. Louis. Apparently, given their short duration of use, the benefits were not great or the style was not popular with the players, and the satin uniforms were quickly retired. Only a few Brooklyn Dodgers satin jerseys are known. This is only the third example of a Brooklyn Dodgers satin jersey we have ever offered. The first, a powder-blue example (worn by Augie Galan), appeared as Lot 1270 in our May 2007 auction, where it realized $11,162. The other, a powder-blue complete uniform, worn by coach Chuck Dressen, appears in this auction.

The white-satin jersey, with zipper front, is lettered "Dodgers" across the front and features the number "6" on the reverse. All letters and numbers are appliquéd in blue tackle twill. Located in the collar are a "Wilson" label and an adjacent "42" size tag. The name "Furillo" is written in vintage black ink in the collar, directly next to the size tag. Even without Furillo's name having been written in the jersey, it can be conclusively attributed to him because he was the only player to wear number "6" in 1948. As noted earlier, 1948 is the one and only season during which these white-satin jerseys were used by the Dodgers. The jersey, which is completely original, with no alterations, displays significant wear, including heavy overall staining and a number of minor tears in the collar area. It should be noted that much of the staining does not appear to be game related, but is possibly the result of having been exposed to water during later storage.

1948 marked Furillo's third season in the majors, but "The Reading Rifle" had already established himself as a fixture in the Brooklyn Dodgers outfield. One of the club's more popular players, Furillo batted .297 with 4 home runs and 44 RBI that season and later won the 1953 batting title. He finished his fifteen-year career, all of which was spent with the Dodgers, with 192 home runs, 1,058 RBI, and a .299 career average. This is an exceedingly rare Brooklyn Dodgers white-satin jersey, made all the more significant by having been worn by one of the team's top players. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000++. SOLD FOR $3,555


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