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1951 Tommy Henrich New York Yankees Game-Used Road Jersey
Starting Bid - $1,000.00 , Sold For - $9,987.50
New York Yankees road jersey worn by "Old Reliable," Tommy Henrich, as a coach in 1951. This is a spectacular Henrich jersey. Graded A9 by MEARS, with no other Tommy Henrich jersey graded at this level, and none graded higher. In addition to its exceptional grade, this jersey is further distinguished by the fact that is was prominently featured in a special exhibit held at the Museum of New York City in 2007. The exhibit, titled The Glory Days: New York Baseball 1947-1957 opened in June 2007 and featured numerous rare and significant artifacts relating to New York City baseball, including this very jersey. 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. An American League "50th Anniversary" patch appears on the left sleeve. The name "Henrich" and the year ("1951") are each chain-stitched in blue upon a separate gray strip tag in the collar. Located on the left front tail are a "Wilson" label, an adjacent "44" size tag, and a laundry tag. Original and unaltered, the jersey displays light wear, including a number of scattered light stains. Although often overshadowed by DiMaggio in the Yankees lineup, Henrich's nickname of "Old Reliable" was well earned. One of the top clutch performers on the team, Henrich helped lead the Yankees to eight pennants and seven World Championships over the course of his eleven seasons with the club. He was also a key figure in one of the most memorable World Series games in history. It was Henrich who was at the plate during Mickey Owen's dropped third strike with two outs and nobody on in the ninth inning of Game 4 of the 1941 World Series at Brooklyn. That fabled boner allowed Henrich to reach first safely and opened the proverbial "flood gates," as the Yankees went on to score four runs and defeat the Dodgers 7-4. Henrich retired after the 1950 season, but remained with the Yankees as coach in 1951. Graded A9 by MEARS (base grade of 10, but minus 1 point for the light scattered stains). This is one of only two Tommy Henrich jerseys and one of only five 1951 New York Yankees jerseys listed in the MEARS census. LOA from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $1,500+. SOLD FOR $9,987.50
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