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1938-1943 Freddie Fitzsimmons Brooklyn Dodgers Game-Used Cap
Starting Bid - $400.00 , Sold For - $1,175.00
Rare Brooklyn Dodgers "soft bill" cap worn by pitcher Freddy Fitzsimmons during the late 1930s/early 1940s. The royal-blue cap features a white embroidered "B" on the front. The name, "F. Fitzsimmons," is stitched in green along the leather headband, as is the size, "7 3/8." A "Spalding" label is also located in the headband. This cap, which has a soft bill (consistent for a circa 1940 cap), displays overall moderate wear including a tiny chip on the tip of the brim. Normally, it is very difficult to attribute a Major League cap to a specific players because only very early caps are player-identified in this manner, and because even for most early years the vast majority of teams did not routinely stitch the names of the respective players in the headband. In most cases the best a collector can hope for in terms of attributing a cap to a specific player is the discovery of a vintage uniform number written on the brim, ideally with additional provenance. This cap is the rare exception and is one of only a very few that we have ever offered that can be definitely attributed to a specific player. "Fat" Freddy Fitzsimmons played with Brooklyn from 1937 to 1943 (the 1937 cap style was different than the offered cap, thus this cap must date from between 1938 and 1943). Although he was at the tail end of his career during that span, he still managed to post a 16-2 record in 1940, and his winnng percentage that season of .889 remains a Dodgers franchise record. He retired after the 1943 season with a lifetime record of 217-146. The cap has been evaluated by MEARS and has been deemed "Authentic" (MEARS doesn't grade caps). Ideally, MEARS was able to photo match this cap to Getty images dating from the 1938, 1941, and 1942, seasons, respectively. This cap has been consigned to this auction directly from the personal collection/inventory of world-renowned bat and jersey authenticators David Bushing and/or Troy Kinunen. LOAs from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $1,175.00
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