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Circa 1940s-1950s New York Yankees Game-Used Pants Collection (4) with Turley and Dressen
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $480
Collection of four New York Yankees game-used home pants, dating from either the 1940s or 1950s, all of which have the unique provenance of having once been displayed at Al Schacht's restaurant in New York City. Al Schacht, known as "The Clown Prince of Baseball," opened his New York eatery in 1942, which soon became a popular destination for local sports stars and celebrities. Because the restaurant featured a baseball theme, Schacht decorated it with various pieces of sports memorabilia, including many game-used garments. (As most collectors will remember, a 1938 Lou Gehrig New York Yankees road jersey that appeared as Lot 7 in our May 2007 auction was once displayed at the restaurant.) According to our consignor, his father-in-law was passing by the restaurant a short time after it had closed for good and witnessed workers bringing out piles of garbage to the dumpster on the street. Among the debris being carried out were many old uniforms. Being a baseball fan, he politely asked one of the workers if he could take some of the uniforms they were throwing away and was told to help himself. These jersey are four that he grabbed that day (all of the others are offered as four separate lots in this auction) and they have remained in the family's possession since that time.
Ideally, three of the four pants feature the respective player's name in the waistband, which allows for an approximate dating. Unless otherwise noted, all of the pants feature a button fly and display moderate-to-heavy wear, which may include light staining and a few minor tears. 1) 1940s Aaron Robinson pants. The name "A Robinson" is chain-stitched in navy upon a white strip tag in the waistband. Also located in the waistband are a "Spalding" label, a "40" size tag, and a laundry tag. Robinson played with the Yankees in 1943, 1945, and 1946. 2) 1947-1948 Chuck Dressen pants. The name "Dressen" is chain-stitched in navy upon a white strip tag in the waistband. Also located in the waistband are a "Spalding" label, a "36" size tag, and a laundry tag. Dressen was a coach with the Yankees in 1947 and 1948. 3) 1957 Bob Turley pants. "Turley 19 57 38," is chain-stitched in blue directly within the waistband, with the numbers denoting, respectively, Turley's uniform number, the year, and the size. Also located in the waistband are a "Spalding" label and the number "43," which is written in black marker (indicating use by another player, either in spring training or at the minor-league level). The pants display heavy wear, including many moderate tears and fabric loss in the seat of the pants. 4) Circa 1950s unidentified pants. No player identification present. Located in the waistband are a "Spalding" label, a "36" size tag, and a laundry tag. The numbers "26" and "6" are written in black marker in the waistband. Heavy wear, with moderate tears and small stains throughout. Total: 4 pair of New York Yankees home pants. Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $480
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