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1947/1948 Chuck Dressen Complete New York Yankees Uniform with Hat - Number 7
Starting Bid - $1,000.00 , Sold For - $4,993.75
In the years immediately before the great Mickey Mantle immortalized the now-retired iconic uniform number "7," that number graced the back of several other Yankees. Presented is an outstanding New York Yankees road jersey, number "7," worn by coach Chuck Dressen during either the 1947 or 1948 season. The gray flannel jersey is lettered "New York" across the front and features the number "7" on the reverse. All letters and numbers are appliquéd in navy felt. Dressen's name is chain-stitched in navy upon a gray strip tag situated in the collar. Also located in the collar are a "Wilson" label and adjacent "42" size tag. The jersey is completely original with no alterations. Moderate wear is displayed throughout including a half-inch tear on the front, and a smaller "pinhole" tear on the reverse. The matching gray pants feature Dressen's name chain-stitched in navy upon a gray strip tag situated in the waistband. Also located in the waistband are a "Wilson" label and adjacent "36" size tag. The pants display moderate-to-heavy wear. Included with the jersey and pants are a pair of solid navy stirrup socks (the number "9" is embroidered in white on one of the socks) and a Yankee cap attributed to Dressen. The navy blue cap features the team's "NY" logo embroidered in white on the front. The headband displays a "McAuliffe" label as well as the stamped size, "7 1/4." The bill is broken, otherwise the cap displays light wear. Despite the lack of a year tag, this jersey can be dated precisely to either the 1947 or 1948 season due to the fact that Dressen was only with the club (as a coach) during those two seasons. Dressen was one of the last Yankee team members to wear "7" before Mickey Mantle immortalized the number three years later. The fact that Dressen chose number "7" was no accident. He considered the number lucky and always wore it, whenever possible, on every team he coached or managed. Dressen later enjoyed great success as manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, winning pennants in 1952 and 1953. Unfortunately, his insistence on being tendered a multiyear contract in 1954 led to his dismissal. He was back in the majors the following year, of course, managing several major league teams from 1955 to 1966. His career as a player, coach, and manager spanned over forty years. (He debuted as an infielder with the Reds in 1925.) This uniform was obtained directly from the estate of Ed Leishman, a career baseball man who later served as a high-ranking team executive in both the Pacific Coast League and the Major Leagues. The jersey is graded A9 by MEARS (10 point base grade, with 1 point deducted for the two small holes). This is one of only six 1940s New York Yankees jerseys currently listed in the MEARS census and it ranks as the second highest graded example (a 1946-48 Bill Bevens uniform is graded A10). MEARS does not grade pants or hats, but does authenticate them. MEARS has deemed the pants "Authentic," and the hat is designated "Attributed to Charlie Dressen" as the cap bears no name, but it is the correct year style and accompanied the uniform. This is a very rare 1940s complete Yankees uniform, accompanied by the cap which is a rare and very desirable item by itself, with the added dimension of featuring the Yankees revered number "7" just a few years prior to Mickey Mantle claiming that number forever. LOA from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $4,993.75
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