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1948 Charlie Grimm Chicago Cubs Game-Used Home Uniform (Jersey and Pants)
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $8,225
Chicago Cubs home uniform worn by manager "Jolly Cholly" Grimm in 1948. Graded A10 by MEARS (only the jersey is graded). The white flannel jersey features a tricolor embroidered "Cubs" patch on the left breast and the number "40" on the reverse. All numerals are appliquéd in blue felt. The name "Grimm" is chain-stitched in black upon a white strip tag in the collar. Also located in the collar are a "Wilson" label, a "May & Halas" label (a local Chicago sporting goods manufacturer), and a "44" size tag. A "48" year tag appears on the interior left front tail. The waistband of the matching white flannel pants features the name "Grimm" chain-stitched in black upon a white strip tag. Also located in the waistband are a "Wilson" label, a "May & Halas" label , and a "40" size tag. A "48" year tag is affixed along the interior button panel. Both the jersey and pants are all original, with no alterations, and remain in exceptional condition given their age and former use. The jersey has only a slight amount of wear, while the pants display minor soiling on the front of the legs. Most important, there are no tears or major stains that one usually encounters with garments of this vintage. This uniform was obviously well cared for over the years and as a result it presents much as it did when last worn in 1948. Charlie Grimm was one of the most popular players in Cubs history. Regarded as one of the finest fielding first basemen of his era, Grimm starred with the Cubs from 1925 through 1936 and finished his career with a .290 lifetime average. He was also one of the most successful managers in franchise history, leading the Cubs to the pennant in 1932, 1935, and 1945 (the Cubs have yet to return to the World Series). In addition to his on-field assignments, Grimm also worked for the Cubs as a front-office executive, scout, and broadcaster. His dedication to the Cubs was legendary and after his passing in 1983 his widow, Marion, received special permission from the team to scatter his ashes over Wrigley Field. Graded A10 by MEARS. This is the only Charlie Grimm jersey and one of only three (the finest and highest-graded of the these three) 1940s Chicago Cubs jerseys listed in the entire MEARS population report. LOA from Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $8,225
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