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1955 Dixie Walker St. Louis Cardinals Game-Used Road Flannel Coach's Jersey
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $1,175.00
St. Louis Cardinals road flannel jersey worn by Dixie Walker as a coach in 1955. The gray, road flannel jersey features the team name "Cardinals" embroidered on the front, above which is displayed the club's distinctive logo of two cardinals perched upon a bat. The number “78" appears on reverse. Both a “Rawlings Hall of Fame Flannel” label and adjacent “42” size tag appear on the left front tail. Directly below the manufacturer’s label is the name “Dixie Walker” chain-stitched in red. Another name (illegible) is written in faded red marker directly below Walker’s name. With the exception of a team number change on the reverse (Walker wore number “30” in 1955), the jersey is completely original with no other alterations. Moderate wear is displayed throughout. The combination of the number change and the second name on the tail indicate a later use of the jersey by another player. Walker was one of the National League’s top hitters over the course of his eighteen-year career (1931-49). Nicknamed “The People’s Choice,” he batted over .300 on ten separate occasions, including a National League high of .357 in 1944. He finished his career with a lifetime .306 average. Walker only coached with the Cardinals in 1953 and 1955. Despite the lack of a year tag, this jersey can be definitively dated to the 1955 season based upon the style of the manufacturer’s tag. Graded A5 by MEARS (base grade of 10, with 2 points deducted for the number change and 3 points deducted for its use by another player). LOA from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $1,175.00
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