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1952 Harry Taylor Boston Red Sox Game-Used Home Jersey
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $720
Boston Red Sox home jersey worn by pitcher Harry Taylor in 1952. The white flannel jersey is lettered "Red Sox" across the front and features the number "23" on the reverse. All letters and numerals are appliquéd in red on navy felt. A "McAuliffe" label is located on the front tail. Chain-stitched in red above and below the label, respectively, are "1952" (denoting the year) and "46-3"" (denoting the jersey size and a three-inch hem). The jersey, which appears to be original as issued, with no alterations, displays moderate wear, including a few light stains and small tears on both the front and reverse. Included with the jersey are a pair of matching Red Sox home pants (no year or player name appears in the waistband). Located in the waistband are a "McAuliffe" label and a white strip tag that has "2-38X26" chain-stitched in red upon it. The pants displays moderate-to-heavy wear, including a number of stains and tears. Harry Taylor played for both the Brooklyn Dodgers and Boston Red Sox during his six-year major league career. 1952 marked his final season in the majors and he went out a winner, finishing the year with a 1-0 record in ten innings of work.
Both of these garments come with 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. The offered jersey and pants are just two of a number of garments 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.
Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $720
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