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1958 Roy Sievers Signed Washington Senators Game-Used Jersey with 1959 Pants - Rare "Style" Jersey
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,280
Washington Senators home jersey worn by slugger Roy Sievers in 1958, together with a pair of Washington Senators home pants worn by Sievers in 1959. The white flannel pinstripe jersey, with zipper front, features a large "W" on the left breast crafted in three-color navy-on-white-on-red tackle twill. The materials are layered in such a manner as to create a "3-D" effect. The number "2" appears on the reverse in the same color scheme and layering pattern as the front "W." The name "Sievers" is chain-stitched in navy upon a white strip tag in the collar. Located on the left front tail are a "Wilson" label and laundry tag. Displayed directly below the two tags is the year, "1958," which is chain-stitched in navy upon a white strip tag. Sievers has signed the jersey in fine-point blue marker (grading "8") on the left front tail. The white flannel pinstripe pants, from 1959, feature both the name ("Sievers") and the year ("1959") chain-stitched in navy on individual white strip tags in the waistband. Also located in the waistband is a "Wilson 38" label. The name "Donovan" is written in red marker in the waistband, which probably indicates that these pants might have been worn in 1961 during spring training by pitcher Dick Donovan (teams often used older uniforms during spring training in subsequent years). Both the jersey and pants are original as issued, with no alterations, and display moderate wear, including a small tear under the "W" on the left breast of the jersey.
This is an outstanding uniform rarity! This particular jersey style, with the "3-D" logo and number, was only used by Washington for the three-year period 1956 to 1958, making it both a rare and highly desirable 1950s Senators jersey. This is one of only four examples we have ever seen dating from the 1958 season, and the fact that it was worn by one of the top sluggers of the era only adds to its significance and appeal. Sievers entered the 1958 season as the reigning American League leader in both home runs (42) and RBI (114) and his 1958 campaign saw no appreciable drop in production. Sievers batted .295 with 39 home runs and 108 RBI in 1958, with all three marks representing team-high totals for Washington that season. Sievers, who Casey Stengel once said had "the sweetest righthanded swing in the league," was the first American League Rookie of the Year, winning the award in 1949 as a member of the St. Louis Browns. (The award began in 1947, but with only one winner for both leagues; Jackie Robinson and Alvin Dark of the National League were the first two winners.) Injuries hindered his early career, but beginning in 1954 he became one of the league's top sluggers, hitting twenty or more home runs in nine consecutive seasons. He finished his career in 1965 with 318 home runs, 1,147 RBI and a .267 lifetime average. Both of these garments originate directly from a Washington Senators clubhouse employee, with the jersey having been specifically obtained from former Senators batboy Tom MacDougal. They have been consigned directly by noted collector and universally respected jersey expert Phil Wood, who has also provided a letter of authenticity for the jersey and pants that accompanies. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA (for the autograph only).
Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $2,280
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