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1936 Red Ruffing New York Yankees Game-Used Road Jersey
Starting Bid - $1,000.00 , Sold For - $7,637.50
New York Yankees road jersey worn by Hall of Fame pitcher Red Ruffing during the club's World Championship season of 1936. The gray flannel jersey is lettered "New York" across the front and features the number "15" on the reverse. All letters and numerals are appliquéd in navy felt. Ruffing's name and uniform number ("C Ruffing 15") are chain-stitched in red within the collar. Also located in the collar is a "Spalding" label. The year, "36," is chain-stitched in red along the right rear tail. Both the team name on the front and the number on the reverse have been restored. The sleeves have also been customized for Ruffing, with each having been cut short to give him greater freedom. Aside from those alterations, the jersey is completely original and displays moderate wear throughout. It must be noted that New York Yankees road jerseys from this era were almost always sent down for use in the minors; therefore, restored or altered examples such as this are the rule, rather than the exception. Red Ruffing jerseys are exceedingly rare. It is the only Red Ruffing jersey, and one of only five 1930s Yankees jerseys in total, ever graded by MEARS. Ruffing was the ace of the Yankees pitching staff during the club's historic 1936-1939 Championship dynasty and he posted a team-high twenty wins in 1936. He also started Game 1 of the 1936 World Series against the Giants, held at the Polo Grounds. Although there is no way to know with certainty, it is possible that this is the very uniform worn by Ruffing during Game 1. Players were normally issued only two sets of home and away jerseys each season; therefore, there is a fifty percent chance that Ruffing wore this jersey during his one road start in the Series. Ruffing won twenty or more games for the Yankees in each of the next three seasons and he retired in 1947 with 273 lifetime wins. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1967. Graded A6 by MEARS (base grade of 10, with 4 points deducted for the restored team name and number). This jersey has been consigned to this auction directly from the personal collection/inventory of world-renowned bat authenticator David Bushing. LOA from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$4,000. SOLD FOR $7,637.50
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