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1956 Moose Skowron New York Yankees Game-Worn Road Jersey
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,293
New York Yankees flannel jersey worn by first baseman Moose Skowron during the club's 1956 World Championship season. The gray road jersey is lettered "New York" across the front and features the number "50" on the reverse. All letters and numerals are appliquéd in navy felt. Skowron's name and the year ("Skowron 56") are chain-stitched in blue upon a white strip tag located in the collar. A "Wilson 42" label and a laundry tag appear on the left front tail. Skowron wore number "14" in 1956, but the original number was removed and replaced with the number "50" when it was later sent down to a Yankees farm club for use as a minor-league jersey. (As was customary for most clubs during that era, the Yankees recycled their Major League uniforms by sending them down for use in the minor leagues.) Aside from that team-sanctioned number change, the jersey is all original with no alterations. Heavy wear is displayed throughout (as one would expect from a jersey that saw use in the minors), including a few minor tears in the collar and one or two tiny holes in the main body of the fabric. Bill "Moose" Skowron enjoyed one of his finest all-around seasons in 1956, which was his second full season as the Yankees starting first baseman. Skowron batted .308 with 23 home runs and 90 RBI to help power the Yankees to their second consecutive pennant and fifth World Championship of the decade. Skowron was one of the Yankees' most consistent players during his nine-year tenure with the club (1954-1962), batting over .300 on five separate occasions while averaging 18 home runs and 75 RBI per season. Skowron also appeared in seven World Series with the Yankees, winning championships in 1956, 1958, 1961, and 1962. This jersey originates from a former minor-league player, Joe Maggio, who wore it as a member of the Kearney Yankees of the Nebraska State League in 1958. Like a number of other minor-league players, Maggio was lucky enough to keep his jersey following the season and it remained in his personal possession for many years before eventually being acquired from him directly by our consignor. Graded A4.5 by MEARS (base grade of 10, but minus 2 points for the number change, 3 points for having been worn by a second player in the minors, and a half point for the tears in the collar and few tiny holes). This is a rare and significant jersey in two respects. First, it is just the second Moose Skowron New York Yankees jerseys ever graded by MEARS (the other is graded A5.5). Second, it is also one of only two 1956 New York Yankees jerseys listed in the company's census. Despite its technical MEARS grade of A4.5, this is an outstanding Skowron jersey in all respects, especially when one considers that nearly all of the points deducted were for the simple fact that the jersey was later used by one of the Yankees' minor-league affiliates, which is the case for nearly every Yankees jersey from that era! LOA from Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $1,293
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