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1961 Jack Fisher Baltimore Orioles Signed Game-Used Home Jersey
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $593
Baltimore Orioles home jersey worn by journeyman pitcher Jack Fisher in 1961. The white flannel jersey, with zipper front, is lettered "Orioles" across the front and features the number "59" on the reverse and left breast. All letters and numerals are appliquéd in orange on black felt. A "Wilson 46" label appears on the left front tail. The uniform number and year ("No 48-61") are chain-stitched in black upon a white strip tag located in the collar. Fisher has inscribed the jersey "My 1961 Shirt/Jack Fisher," in blue Sharpie (grading "8/9") on the left front tail. The Orioles only employed this uniform style (zipper; number on front) for the five-year period 1958-1962. This particular garment was either later sent down for use in the minors or used at a subsequent spring training (possibly both), at which time the original number "48" was removed and replaced with the current number "59" (portions of the outline of the original number can be seen on the reverse). Also removed during that time was the team's "Oriole" patch on the left sleeve (outline of the former patch is clearly visible). Aside from those alterations, the jersey is original as issued, displaying heavy overall wear. There is some minor tearing to the black piping along the front, as well as light staining on the zipper panel. A number of minor tears and soil stains are also evident. Fisher, who pitched for the Orioles from 1959 to 1962, was 10-13 with a 3.90 ERA in 1961. He eventually played with five different clubs during his eleven-year career, including a four-year stint with the lowly New York Mets, where he twice led the National League in losses (not as bad as it sounds; a New York Met led the National League in losses every season but one from 1962 to 1967; it came with the territory). On September 26, 1961, Roger Maris made baseball history when he tied Babe Ruth's long-standing single-season home-run record by hitting his 60th home run off Fisher at Yankee Stadium. Fisher retired in 1969 with a lifetime record of 86-139. LOA from James Spence/JSA (for the autograph only). Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $593
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