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1946 Johnny Beazley St. Louis Cardinals Game-Used Home Jersey
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,293
St. Louis Cardinals home flannel jersey worn by journeyman pitcher Johnny Beazley during the club's World Championship season of 1946. The white flannel zipper-front jersey features the team name "Cardinals" embroidered on the front, above which is displayed the club's distinctive logo of two cardinals perched upon a bat. The number “27" is appliquéd on the reverse in red on navy felt. The name "Beazley" and the year, "46," are each chain-stitched in red on the left front tail. Situated in the collar are a "Rawlings" label, a "42" size tag, and a laundry tag. The front tail had once been cut, vertically, in the center and has since been neatly restitched; otherwise the jersey is completely original, with no other alterations. Heavy wear is displayed throughout the garment, including team repairs. The zipper is fully functional, but the jersey displays a few minor flaws which have impacted its final grade. The piping shows sign of wear, especially along the right sleeve; there are a few minor holes on the reverse; and the top left portion of the numeral "7" on the reverse is starting to pull away from the body of the jersey. Two players wore number "27" in 1946, but this jersey can be definitively attributed to Beazley due to the name in the tail. Johnny Beazley's 1942 rookie season was one that players dream about. He compiled a 21-6 record with a 2.13 ERA (finishing second in the League in wins, winning percentage, and ERA) and capped off his season by winning two games the World Series against the Yankees. He missed the following three seasons due to military service, but he continued to play ball for the Air Force baseball team. Ironically, while pitching for the Air Force in an exhibition game against the Cardinals he severely hurt his arm and was never the same. He returned to the club in 1946, but struggled to record seven wins. He did, however, manage to pitch one inning in Game 5 of the 1946 World Series; allowing no runs on one hit while striking out one. Unfortunately, he won only two more games in the next three years before retiring after the 1949 season. Graded A7.5 by MEARS (base grade of 10, but minus 1 point for the worn piping, and a half point each for the holes on the reverse, the resewn tail, and the partial pulling away of the numeral "7" on the reverse). This is the only 1946 St. Louis Cardinals home jersey currently listed in the MEARS census. This jersey has been consigned to this auction directly from the personal collection/inventory of world-renowned bat and jersey authenticator Troy Kinunen. LOA from Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $1,293
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