1971 Gene Tenace Oakland A’s Game-Used Home Jersey

Sold For: $1,058

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1345

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Oakland Athletics home jersey worn by catcher Gene Tenace during the 1971 season. The white flannel "vest-style" jersey features "A's" on the left breast and the number “38” on both the right breast and reverse. All letters and numerals are appliqu�d in green-on-gold tackle twill. Situated on the left front tail are a “McAuliffe” label, a “’71” year tag and a “44” size tag. As MEARS notes in its accompanying LOA, the jersey is completely original with the exception of the front and reverse numbers, all of which have been expertly restored. Light wear is displayed throughout. Tenace appeared in sixty-five games with the A's in 1971, finishing the season with 7 home runs, 25 RBI, and a .274 batting average. Overshadowed by many of his more colorful teammates during the 1970s, Tenace rose to national prominence in the 1972 World Series. In Game 1 Tenace became the first player to homer in his first two World Series at bats as he drove in all of the A's runs in a thrilling 3-2 victory. Tenace stayed hot during the entire seven-game series, finishing with team-high totals in average (.348), home runs (4), and RBI (9). Those numbers not only helped lead the A's to their first of three consecutive World Championships, but also earned him MVP honors as well. A solid power hitter with a propensity for getting walked a lot, Tenace enjoyed a fine fifteen-year career that included six All-Star Game appearances. He retired in 1983 with 201 home runs, 674 RBI, and a .241 lifetime average. Graded A8 by MEARS (10 point base grade, with 2 points deducted for the restored numbers). This is the only Gene Tenace jersey ever graded by MEARS and one of only two 1971 Oakland A's jerseys listed in its census. LOA from Troy Kinunen and Dave Grob/MEARS. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $1,058

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