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Circa 1950 Rick Ferrell Detroit Tigers Game-Used Home Jersey
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,422
Detroit Tigers home jersey worn by Hall of Fame catcher Rick Ferrell as a coach during the early 1950s. Rick Ferrell game-used jerseys are among the rarest of modern-day Hall of Famers jerseys and we cannot recall having seen another example at auction in the past fifteen years. As such, it represents a highly prized garment for any advanced Hall of Fame uniform collector. The white flannel jersey features the Tigers' stylized "D" on the left breast and the number "36" on the reverse. All letters and numerals are appliquéd in navy felt. Ferrell's name ("Ferrell R.") is chain-stitched in black upon a white strip tag in the collar. Located on the left front tail are a "Wilson" label, an adjacent "40" size tag, and a wash tag. Despite the lack of any year designation, the uniform can be narrowly dated to either the 1950, 1952, or 1953 season. Ferrell was only a coach with the Tigers for the four-year period 1950-1953. Although the Tigers home-uniform style did not change during that period, the absence of a 1951 American League anniversary patch on the left sleeve (or evidence of its removal) conclusively precludes it from dating from that one season. We should also note that the tagging on this jersey matches up perfectly with a 1950 Hal Newhouser Detroit Tigers home jersey that previously sold at auction. The jersey is all original, with no alterations, and displays moderate wear, including a few small tears and a tiny stain on the front. Our consignor purchased this jersey from a woman in Michigan over thirty years ago. According to the woman, her father, who was very good friends with Rick Ferrell, received it as a gift from Ferrell. It had remained in her family's possession until the time she sold it privately to our consignor. Interestingly, Ferrell began his professional career with the Tigers in 1926, but in 1928 Commissioner Landis accused the Tigers of concealing him in the minors and declared him a free agent. Ferrell then signed with the St. Louis Browns. Ferrell was the American League's starting catcher in the first-ever All-Star Game in 1933 and eventually made six more appearances in baseball's Midsummer Classic. Noted mainly for his defense, Ferrell finished his career with a .281 lifetime average. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1984. Reserve $500. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $1,422
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