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Circa 1932 Tony Lazzeri Game-Used Glove
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $4,113
Spalding "Professional Model" right-handed fielder's glove used by Hall of Fame second baseman Tony Lazzeri during the early 1930s. Rarely is any game-used item accompanied by such incredible and ironclad documentation. Attribution of fielder's gloves to particular players, especially those dating from the prewar era, are, by nature, especially challenging with reference to authentication. The offered glove is an exception in this regard and is accompanied by both an impeccable line of provenance and, perhaps most amazing, is actually accompanied by period photographic evidence of its authenticity! This glove originates directly from Tony Lazzeri's family and is accompanied by a signed one-page letter from Lazzeri's son, David, attesting to its provenance (the letter also references a pair of cleats, which are not included here). Included with the glove is a photograph of Lazzeri posing together with Joe McCarthy on the steps of the dugout, in which this very glove is resting at Lazzeri's feet. Its identification is helped considerably by the fact that Lazzeri always reinforced the web lacing of his gloves with white athletic tape. The offered glove is no exception, and the arrangement of the tape on the glove pictured in the photograph appears identical to that of the tape on the offered Lazzeri glove. In addition to the well-worn tape, the glove displays copious evidence of former use. The pocket is dark and heavily worn. Sewn repairs to tears are evident along the seams of the inner thumb and index finger; however, the thumb reinforcement later gave way and there is presently a three-inch tear running along the seam. The original button remains on the rear wrist strap and all of the lacing is intact. Lazzeri joined the Yankees in 1926 and for the next twelve years he remained a fixture at second base for the "Bronx Bombers." Always in the shadow of larger-than-life legends such as Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, and best remembered as one of the key members of 1927's "Murderers' Row" Yankees lineup, the soft spoken Lazzeri always carried a "big stick" to the plate. "Poosh 'Em Up Tony" drove in over 100 runs on eight separate occasions (no small feat when one considers the fact that for his first nine years he was batting behind Ruth and Gehrig) and he finished his career with a .292 average. Highly regarded in the field as well, Lazzeri helped lead the Yankees to six pennants and five World Championships during his twelve-year tenure with the club. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1991. Gloves of early Hall of Famers rarely survive at all, let alone with impeccable provenance. This is a very rare and extraordinary exception. LOA Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $4,113
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