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Circa 1908 Addie Joss Cleveland Indians Game-Used Road Pants
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $4,994
Exceedingly rare pair of Cleveland Indians uniform pants worn by Hall of Fame pitcher Addie Joss. To the best of our knowledge, these pants represent the only known surviving article of game-used clothing worn by Joss during his career. Any and all game-used baseball garments dating from the turn of the century are quite rare, especially those worn by significant players. For Joss, such items are even rarer due to the tragic circumstances and timing of his death. Joss was just thirty-one years old and at the peak of his career when he was stricken with meningitis, the complications of which resulted in his death on April 14, 1911. The gray flannel pants feature a pinstripe design and have a button fly. The name "Joss" is stitched in black on the interior button-fly panel. A "Spalding" label appears in the waistband. The pants are all original, with no alterations, and display moderate-to-heavy wear throughout, including team repairs, light soiling, and a few minor stains. Despite the fact that Joss' career lasted nine seasons (1902-1909, all spent with Cleveland), these pants can be more narrowly dated to the two-year period 1908-1909 based upon the style. 1908 and 1909 were the only two years of Joss' career in which the Indians wore a pinstriped road uniform. 1908 represented one of Joss' finest overall seasons. The big righthander won 24 games, against just 11 loses, while recording a career low 1.16 ERA. He also further immortalized his name by pitching a perfect game against the White Sox at Cleveland's League Park on October 2nd. For his career, Joss finished with a record of 160-97 and an ERA of 1.89 (second only to Ed Walsh's career mark of 1.82). Because Joss only played nine seasons, one fewer than required for Hall of Fame eligibility, his election to the Hall was delayed until 1978, when the Veteran's Committee finally decided to overlook the rule and let him take his rightful place alongside the game's other immortals. LOA from Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $4,994
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