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1952 Johnny Rutherford Brooklyn Dodgers Game-Used Home Jersey with Pants and Socks
Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $2,350.00
Brooklyn Dodgers home jersey worn by pitcher Johnny Rutherford in 1952. Graded A9.5 by MEARS. Included with the jersey are a matching pair of pants worn by pitcher Johnny Podres in 1952 and a pair of blue stirrup socks. The white flannel jersey is lettered "Dodgers" across the front and features the number "15" on the left breast and reverse. All letters and reverse numerals are appliquéd in blue felt. All front numerals are appliquéd in red felt. The player's name, year, and set number ("Rutherford 52-2") are chain-stitched in blue on the left front tail. A "Rawlings" label and adjacent "42" size tag appear in the collar. The jersey is all original, with no alterations, and displays light wear including a number of light age spots on the front and reverse. The pair of matching white-flannel pants from the same year worn by pitcher Johnny Podres have the name and year ("Podres 52") chain-stitched in blue upon a white strip tag in the waistband. Also located in the waistband are a "Spalding" label, a "34" size tag, and a laundry tag. Other player names (all of which have been crossed out) and the number "44" are written in black marker in the waistband. Both the pants and socks display light wear. 1952 marked Johnny Rutherford's only season in the Majors and it certainly was an eventful one for the twenty-seven-year-old right hander. Rutherford started eleven games for the pennant-winning Dodgers, compiling a 7-7 record with a 4.27 ERA. He was also lucky enough to make an appearance in the World Series, pitching one inning of relief in Game 4 at Yankee Stadium. The Dodgers eventually lost the Series to the Yankees in seven games. The Jersey is graded A9.5 by MEARS (10 point base grade with a half point deducted for the light age spots). The pants have been deemed "Authentic" (MEARS doesn't grade pants). This is one of seven 1952 Brooklyn Dodgers jerseys listed in the MEARS population report, with two graded at this level, and only two graded higher. This jersey 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 $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $2,350.00
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