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1968 Rick Monday Oakland Athletics Game-Used Jersey
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $1,303.50
Rare one-year-only style Oakland A's home jersey, dating from the club's first season in Oakland, worn by outfielder Rick Monday in 1968. The white flannel vest-style jersey features the team name "Oakland" embroidered on the front in green and gold. The number "7" appears on the reverse in green on gold tackle twill. Located on the left front tail are a "Tim McAuliffe" label, a "68" year tag, and a "44" size tag. The jersey, which is original with no alterations, displays moderate wear, including fraying of the stitches along much of the green and gold piping. This particular uniform style was only used by the A's during the club's inaugural 1968 season in Oakland. Prior to that year the jersey featured an "A" on the left breast, which was later changed to "A's" in 1969. It wasn't until 1981 that the name "Oakland" once again appeared on the club's jersey. One of the most popular players of his era, Rick Monday is best remembered today for what is often referred to as the greatest play in baseball history. On April 25, 1976, while playing center field for the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, Monday noticed that a father and son had jumped the center field wall and were attempting to set fire to an American flag. As the protesters attempted to set it ablaze, Monday grabbed it from their clutches and ran it over to the safety of the Dodgers bullpen. Afterwards, Monday was quoted as saying, "If you're going to burn the flag, don't do it around me. I've been to too many veterans' hospitals and seen too many broken bodies of guys who tried to protect it." 1968 marked Rick Monday's second full season in the majors. Monday was elected to his first All-Star Game in 1968 and finished the year with 8 home runs, 49 RBI, and a .274 average. He retired in 1984 with 241 home runs, 774 RBI, and a career .264 average. Oakland A's home jerseys are much scarcer than road and alternate examples from 1968. This is one of only a few examples we have ever seen and the first that we have offered. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,303.50
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