1919 Chicago White Sox Home Jersey Worn in the Film Eight Men Out

Sold For: $5,333

Auction Year: 2012 spring

Lot: 1111

Item Year: 1985

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Replica 1919 Chicago White Sox home jersey worn in the 1988 film Eight Men Out . The white 45tripe jersey features the club's 1919 "Sox" logo appliqu├ęd in navy felt on the left breast, a navy sun collar, and navy trim at the end of each sleeve. Located in the collar are a "44" size tag and a white strip tag that bears a name written in blue ink that has faded beyond legibility. The jersey is accompanied by a handwritten letter, dated "2/25/97" on Sportsrobe, Inc., letterhead, signed by Allan Ruegsegger, the president of the firm. In full: "To Whom It May Concern, The navy pin stripe White Sox jersey with this letter was worn in the movie 'Eight Men Out' and returned to my stock after the filming. I certify this jersey to be genuine." Sportsrobes, Inc., is a California company that supplies costumes to various film and television production companies. Although not stated in the letter, it is common knowledge that some, if not most, of the Chicago White Sox home jerseys used in the film Eight Men Out were also used one year later for the 1989 film Field of Dreams . Although both films dealt with the 1919 "Black Sox" scandal, the films could not have been more different in their treatment. Whereas Eight Men Out was a compelling historical drama based upon the book of the same name written by Eliot Asinof, Field of Dreams was a charming fantasy that used the plight of Shoeless Joe Jackson's banishment from baseball, and his appearance in an Iowa cornfield years after his death, as its central plot device. Hollywood movie jerseys are scarce, especially those used in hit films. This jersey most likely saw use in two of the most memorable and critically acclaimed baseball films ever made, making it an exceptionally desirable piece in both the fields of baseball and movie memorabilia. Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $5,333

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