1975 Jim Rice Boston Red Sox Game-Used Road Jersey - Rookie Season! - MEARS A10

Sold For: $6,000

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 2047

Item Year: 1975

Category: Game-Used Jerseys & Equipment

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Boston Red Sox road jersey worn by Hall of Fame outfielder Jim Rice during his 1975 rookie season. Graded A10 by MEARS. The gray knit road jersey is lettered "Boston" on the front and features the number "14" on the reverse. All letters and numerals are appliquéd in red on blue tackle twill. Both a "McAuliffe" label and "44" size tag appear in the collar. A "1975" year tag and laundry tag are located on the exterior center front tail. The jersey, which is completely original, is unaltered and displays moderate use. Jim Rice was drafted by the Red Sox in the first round (#15) of the 1971 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft and his rise through the club's farm system was meteoric. After a brief stint in the majors near the end of the 1974 season, Rice finally cracked the starting lineup in 1975. Playing in 144 games, Rice finished his rookie campaign with 22 home runs, 102 RBI, and a .309 average. Following that auspicious start, Rice quickly became the most feared slugger of his era. Rice led the league in home runs with 39 in 1977 and in 1978 he enjoyed his finest all-around season by batting .315 with league-leading totals in home runs (46), RBI (139), triples (15), hits (213), and slugging percentage (.600). Those numbers were more than enough to earn him the MVP Award at season's end. Rice led the league in home runs on three separate occasions and finished his sixteen-year career with 382 home runs, 1,451 RBI, and a .298 average. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2010. Graded A10 by MEARS (base grade of 10, with no deductions). LOA from MEARS. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).

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