New York Yankees road jersey worn by Hall of Fame slugger Reggie Jackson in 1981, his final season with the club. Graded A9 by MEARS. The gray knit jersey is lettered "New York" across the front and features the number "44" on the reverse. All letters and numerals are appliquéd in navy on white tackle twill. Jackson's name, the year, and set number ("Jackson 81 2") are chain-stitched in navy upon a gray strip tag in the collar. A "Wilson 46" tag is located on the left front tail. A black armband, in memory of Elston's Howard, who died on December 14, 1980, has been removed from the left sleeve, but its stitch pattern remains clearly visible. Aside from the removal of the arm band, the jersey is original as issued, with no other alterations. Heave wear is evident throughout, including puckering to the numerals and lettering, minor soiling in the neck area, and a tiny stain on the front. Jackson batted .237 with 15 home runs and 54 RBI during the strike-shortened 1981 season. The Yankees once again returned to the World Series that year, marking the club's third pennant in five years with Jackson on the roster. Unfortunately, "Mr. October" missed the first three games of the fall classic due to injury and the Yankees lost the series to the Dodgers in six games. Jackson and the Yankees mutually parted ways after the 1981 season, thereby ending one of the most successful, but tumultuous, five-year spans in New York Yankees franchise history. One of the game's most controversial and charismatic players, Jackson finished his career with 563 home runs, 1,702 RBI, and a .262 average. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1993 during his first year of eligibility. Graded A9 by MEARS (base grade of 10, with 1 point deducted for the missing armband). LOA from MEARS. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000/$10,000.
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