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Lot # 1350 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1951 Billy Cox Brooklyn Dodgers Game-Used Home Flannel Jersey

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $2,370

Addendum: Please note that this jersey, although tagged for 1951, was most likely worn in 1952. The jersey does not have the 1951 National League Anniversary patch on the left sleeve and there is no evidence of removal of a patch. Also, the Dodgers did not begin the practice of featuring numbers on the front of the jerseys until 1952. This jersey was most likely produced for use in the 1951 World Series (the club entered September with a 6-game lead and still had a 4 game lead with 9 games to go in the season), as it was not uncommon for clubs to order new sets of uniforms for the fall classic. In this case, since the uniforms would be reused the following season, they would not have included the sleeve patch, but would have incorporated the number on the front.

Brooklyn Dodgers home jersey worn by third baseman Billy Cox during the 1951 season. The white flannel jersey is lettered "Dodgers" across the front and features the number "3" on the left breast and reverse. All letters and reverse numerals are appliquéd in blue felt, while the front numerals are appliquéd in red felt. A "Spalding" label appears in the collar, directly below which is a "40" size tag. Located on the left front tail are the player's name, year, and set number ("William Cox 1951 - 2"), each chain-stitched in blue. A laundry tag appears on interior left tail. The jersey is completely original, with no alterations, and displays moderate wear. Both the front and reverse display dark spotting (similar to foxing on a paper item), as well as a few small stains. Cox batted .279 with 9 home runs and 51 RBI in 1951. While an adequate hitter, Cox was best known for his glove and is generally regarded as the top fielding third baseman of his era. Cox played with the Dodgers from 1948 through 1954, a period that saw the Dodgers capture three pennants, and helped anchor what many historians feel was one of the greatest defensive infields in baseball history. 1950s Brooklyn Dodgers jerseys have always been highly prized by collectors, with this garment, worn by one of the team's key players, representing an outstanding example. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $3,000+. SOLD FOR $2,370

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