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1937 Art Fletcher New York Yankees Game-Used Home Jersey and Pants
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $4,113
New York Yankees home jersey worn by coach Art Fletcher during the club's 1937 World Championship season. Graded A9 by MEARS. The white flannel pinstripe jersey features the the team's familiar "NY" logo on the left breast and the number "29" on the reverse. All letters and numerals are appliquéd in navy felt. The name "A Fletcher" is chain-stitched in red directly in the collar. A "Spalding" label also appears in the collar. The year, "37," is chain-stitched in red on the interior rear tail. Accompanying the jersey is a pair of matching pants issued to pitcher Walter "Jumbo" Brown in 1937. The white flannel pinstripe pants feature a "Spalding" label and the name "W. Brown" chain-stitched in red in the waistband. Also visible in the waistband is a handwritten notation, possibly a name (faded beyond legibility), written in black marker. The year, "37," is chain-stitched in red on the interior button-fly panel. Both the jersey and pants are all original, with no alterations, and display moderate-to-heavy wear throughout, including a few small light stains and tiny holes on the jersey. Shortstop Art Fletcher was the anchor of John McGraw's New York Giants infield from 1910 through 1920, leading the club to four pennants during that span. Following his playing career, Fletcher managed the Phillies for four seasons before joining the Yankees as a coach in 1927. Aside from a brief eleven-game stint as interim manager following Miller Huggins' death in 1929, Fletcher remained a coach with the Yankees through 1945. Walter "Jumbo" Brown (his nickname was related to his rather large waistline) was a pitcher for the Yankees from 1932 through 1936. On June 6, 1937, Brown's contract was purchased from the Yankees by the Cincinnati Reds; however, he was not on the Yankees' official roster in 1937. Therefore, the offered pants were either issued to, but never worn by Brown in 1937, or possibly worn by Brown during spring training of that year. The 1937 season marked the second of New York's four consecutive World Championships. Gehrig and DiMaggio took care of business at the plate, combining for 83 home runs and 326 RBI, while on the mound Lefty Gomez led the league in both wins (21) and ERA (2.33). After winning 102 games during the regular season, the Yankees then made short work of their inner-city rivals in the World Series, dispatching the Giants in five games. The jersey is graded A9 by MEARS (10 point base grade, with a half point each deducted for the tiny holes and light staining). This is the only 1937 Yankees jersey and one of only five Yankees jerseys in total dating from the club's 1936-1939 Championship dynasty listed in the MEARS census . LOA from Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $4,113
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