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1951 Harry Brecheen St. Louis Cardinals Game-Used Road Jersey
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $4,443.75
St. Louis Cardinals flannel jersey worn by pitcher Harry Brecheen in 1951. The gray 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. Chain-stitched in red on the left front tail are the the player's name, the year, and the set number, "Brecheen/51-1." A "Rawlings" label and a size "40" tag are located in the collar. This jersey, which displays extensive wear, was later sent down for use in the minor leagues. As a result there is no longer a number on the reverse and the special 1951 National League 75th anniversary patch (which was worn by every National League club in 1951) has been removed from the left sleeve (its faint outline can still be seen). Brecheen wore number "31" in 1951, but that number was obviously replaced in the minors, as the outline of a "51" is evident on the reverse. The jersey exhibits numerous team repairs throughout, especially on the back, and a few light stains on the right shoulder. Brecheen appeared in twenty-four games with the Cardinals in 1951, finishing the year with an 8-4 record and 3.25 ERA. From 1944 through 1949 Brecheen was one of the National League's top pitchers. During that span he averaged sixteen wins per season, including a career-high twenty wins in 1948, and twice led the League in winning percentage. As impressive as his regular-season numbers were, it was during the postseason that Brecheen made his name as a "money" pitcher. Brecheen won four of his five World Series decisions, including three games in the 1946 fall classic against Boston. Brecheen retired after the 1953 season with a record of 133-92 and a 2.92 lifetime ERA. Afterwards he enjoyed another long and successful career as a pitching coach with the Baltimore Orioles, where he helped mold the club's dominant staffs during the 1960s. This is fine representative 1950s Cardinals flannel, with the added appeal of having been worn by one of the club's top pitchers from the period. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $4,443.75
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