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Circa 1926-1928 John McGraw NY Giants Game-Used Home Pants
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $2,938
Pair of white flannel pinstripe pants worn by John McGraw as manager of the New York Giants during the late 1920s. The pants feature red and blue piping down the side of each leg and a button fly. The name "McGraw" is chain-stitched in red (faded to pink) in the waistband. Also located in the waistband is a Spalding label. Despite the lack of a year tag, the pants can be narrowly dated to the three-year period 1926-1928 based upon a combination of the pinstripe design and the stye of Spalding label displayed in the waistband. These pants originate from the estate of Albert Kenney, who was McGraw's first professional manager, and later a close friend. Both men hailed from Truxton, New York, and McGraw began his baseball career by serving as batboy for Kenney's local town team. A few years later, when Kenney became manager of Olean in the New York-Penn League, he signed McGraw to his first professional contract. Although McGraw was eventually released from the club, Kenney later recommended him to the Baltimore Orioles, where he starred for many years before beginning his legendary managerial career with the New York Giants. Over the years, both men remained close and as a favor to Kenney, McGraw used to send old Giants uniforms back to his hometown for the local teams to wear. That act of generosity on McGraw's part was actually documented in a 1929 issue of Baseball magazine. A copy of that particular issue once accompanied these pants, but is no longer present. The pants are all original, with no alterations, and display moderate wear throughout. LOA from Troy Kinunen/MEARS (MEARS does not grade pants). Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $2,938
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