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1982/1983 Jim Leyland Chicago White Sox Signed Game-Used Road Jersey
Starting Bid - $100, Sold For - $420
Chicago White Sox road jersey worn by coach Jim Leyland during the 1982 and 1983 seasons. The gray knit jersey is lettered "Sox" on the front and features the number "21" on the reverse. The name "Leyland" is lettered directly above the number on the reverse. All front letters are appliquéd in white tackle twill, while all reverse letters and numerals are appliquéd in navy tackle twill. A circular "50th Anniversary All-Star Game" patch appears on the left sleeve. Located on the left front tail are a "Medalist Sand-Knit 40" label, and an exclusivity label that is lettered "Designed & Tailored Exclusively for the Chicago White Sox American League Medalist Sand Knit." A white strip tag in the rear tail bears the handwritten notations "82 Leyland 40S" in black marker, which denote the year, the player's name, and the size of the garment. Leyland has signed the jersey vertically in black ink on the front (grading "5"). Aside from that, the jersey appears to be original as issued, with no other alterations. Heavy wear is displayed throughout, including a number of stains on the front and reverse, as well as tears to the stitching on the reverse numerals. There is evidence of a semicircular nameplate having once been affixed to the reverse, as the stitch line remains clearly visible. The White Sox did not use a name plate on its jerseys in 1982 or 1983, so the reason for the anomaly is unknown. (Perhaps the jersey was later sent down to the minors, at which time the Leyland's name was covered with a nameplate bearing the name of the minor-league player it was issued to.) As noted by the year designation on the interior strip tag, this jersey was issued for 1982 but obviously had crossover use the following season, when the team wore the special commemorative "50th Anniversary All-Star Game" patch. (Teams often wore the previous year's uniforms during spring training.) 1982 marked Jim Leyland's first season in the Majors. After gaining numerous accolades for his work as a minor-league manager in the Detroit farm system, Tony Larussa hired him as the White Sox's third-base coach in 1982, a position he held through the 1985 season. Leyland went on to distinguish himself as one of the game's top managers. After winning three consecutive division titles with the Pirates from 1990 to 1992, Leyland later won a World Championship with the Florida Marlins in 1997 and two pennants with the Tigers (2006 and 2012). He retire after the 2013 season with 1,769 wins and three Manager of the Year Awards. LOA from James Spence/JSA (for the signature only). Reserve $100. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $420
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