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Circa 1940s Spud Chandler Game-Used Yankees Cap
Starting Bid - $100.00, Sold For - $1,057.50
New York Yankees cap, dating to circa 1940, worn by former American League MVP Spud Chandler. The navy felt cap features the club's familiar "NY" logo embroidered in white stitching on the front. The name "Chandler" is stitched in red along the right side of the headband. Heavy wear is displayed throughout, including the loss of approximately half of the interior leather headband. The cap has been expanded in size by means of a leather insert professionally added to the back seam (a common practice at the time) and the manufacturer's tag is no longer present (probably removed when the cap was enlarged). Spud Chandler's entire career (1937-1947) was spent with the New York Yankees, during which time he was one of the most successful pitchers in the game. Chandler was a winner, in the truest sense of the word. Over the course of nine full seasons (he missed nearly two years due to military service) he won 109 games against only forty-three losses, a mark which equates to a stellar .717 winning percentage. That mark is all the more remarkable when one considers the fact that when Chandler retired in 1947, his .717 winning percentage was the highest ever for any pitcher with 100 or more wins. His finest season came in 1943, when led the league in wins (20, against only 4 losses), winning percentage (.833), complete games (20), shutouts (5), and ERA (1.64). Those numbers earned him the MVP Award at season's end (the Cy Young Award wasn't presented until 1956). Amazingly, of his 109 career wins, nearly one-quarter were by shutout (26). New York Yankees caps from this era are rare, especially those that can be definitively attributed to a specific player, such as this example. LOA from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $100. Estimate $200/$400. SOLD FOR $1,057.50
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