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Lot 1329: Late 1930’s/ Early 1940’s Game Worn New York Rangers Jersey
The New York Rangers finally snapped their 54 year long drought by capturing the Stanley Cup in 1994. That’s a long time for fans to endure (Let’s not even consider the Chicago Cubs in this discussion). This is an unbelievably rare jersey worn by a NY Ranger, possibly on the 1939-40 team, the previous group to win it all for New York. We are not certain it is from that squad but what we are sure about is that it was worn by Alex Shibicky who played for New York from 1935 to 1946. We also know because of uniform styling changes that the jersey is from between the 1935-36 and 1941-42 seasons. Shibicky is most famous for being the first player to use a slap shot during a game, in 1937. He said he learned it in practice from Fred “Bun” Cook. In 1944, two jerseys were taken from the Rangers locker room. This jersey was given to a young boy who held onto it until the passing of the player he received it from. He then returned it to the son of the player who gave it to him. The son is the current owner of this jersey. Jersey is all wool with a felt crest and number “4” on the back. “4” is all original but has recently been re-attached to jersey; it had fallen off from age. Jersey has some recent repairs to moth holes and some holes that are not repaired. Condition could be better but it is still an incredibly rare uniform worth its weight in hockey memories. It is one of only a very few of this style that exists today. The reason for this is that Lester Patrick, the general manager of the Rangers then, recycled the jerseys to the minor league affiliates of the Rangers. Fans of the Rangers will not come upon anything more steeped in history than this. Ditto for your hockey collectors.
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