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1947 Luke Appling Chicago White Sox Signed Game-Used Home Jersey
Starting Bid - $1,500.00, Sold For - $4,700.00
Chicago White Sox home flannel jersey worn by Hall of Fame shortstop Luke Appling in 1947. It is very rare to find any Hall of Famer jersey dating from this early era. This is the only Luke Appling jersey from his playing days that we have ever seen and is one of only two Luke Appling jerseys dating from his playing days in the entire MEARS population report. (The report does list three Appling jerseys from his coaching days with the White Sox in 1970-1971). The white, zipper-front flannel jersey is lettered “Sox” on the left breast (logo design) and features the number “4” on the reverse. All letters and numerals are appliquéd in red on blue felt. A patriotic “Stars and Stripes” patch adorns the left sleeve. A “MacGregor/Goldsmith 44” label appears in the collar. Both the set number and year (“1 47”) are chain-stitched in red upon a white strip tag located on the interior left front tail. Appling has signed the jersey in blue Sharpie (grading “8,” with minor bleeding) in the collar. Aside from the name tag having been removed from the collar, the jersey is completely original, as issued, with no other alterations. Moderate wear is displayed throughout and the zipper is fully functional. This jersey can be definitively attributed to Appling as only he wore number “4” with the White Sox from 1933 through 1950. Appling signed this jersey personally for Barry Halper during the 50th anniversary of the All-Star Game festivities in 1983. Despite having been given the nickname “Old Aches and Pains,” Appling actually missed very few games during his twenty seasons in the Major Leagues. Joining the White Sox in 1930, he soon established himself as one of the most consistent hitters in baseball, batting over .300 in sixteen of his twenty seasons, including a career high .388 in 1936. During that time he won two batting titles and was selected to the All-Star team seven times. He finished his career with a lifetime average of .310 and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1964. On June 8, 1947 "Luke Appling Day" was held at Comiskey Park to honor the longtime star. It is very possible that he wore this very jersey on that day. In fact, a pin featuring Appling was distributed to all fans attending Luke Appling Day, and this jersey perfectly matches the style and may be the very jersey he is wearing on the Luke Appling Day pin as well. Graded A8.5 by MEARS (base grade of 10, with 1 point deducted for the removal of the name tag and a half point deducted for the bleeding of the signature). From the Barry Halper Collection. LOAs from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS and James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,500. Estimate $3,000/$5,000. SOLD FOR $4,700.00
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