Lot 2: 1950 Roy Campanella Brooklyn Dodgers Game Worn Jersey
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Auction Date:12/21/2012 9:00 PM EST
Here's another rare, game-worn jersey being offered to the public for the very first time. Only a very few Roy Campanella game-worn jerseys are known to exist. This is a home model which makes it ultra rare. "Dodgers" across the front is all original blue felt. Number 39 on the back is also the same blue felt and all original. Rawlings size 44 tagging is in the collar with additional "Dry Clean Only" tag. The Dodgers used both Rawlings and Spalding tagged jerseys in 1950. "R Campanella 50" is stitched in blue at the bottom of the front tail. This jersey was used by another Brooklyn player after Campy used it. This is evident by the name "Lloyd Brazda" stenciled inside the front tail. Brazda played in 1951 for the Ponca City Dodgers in class D. It must be stressed that although this jersey was sent to the minors, the lettering, numbering, and tagging is original as it was when Campy wore it. It shows lots of use with numerous, vintage team repairs. A six-inch-by-eight-inch portion of the tail has been removed and repaired with vintage material. It appears this repair was made while the jersey was still in use. Like his teammate, Jackie Robinson, Campanella began his career in the Negro Leagues before moving up to Brooklyn. Regarded by many to have been one of the greatest catchers ever to slap on the "tools of ignorance," Campanella played for the Dodgers between 1948 and 1957 before his career was cut short by an unexpected and tragic turn of events. In 1958, he was paralyzed from the neck down as a result of an automobile accident and was confined to a wheelchair. One January evening after locking up his liquor store, he attempted to drive to his Long Island home. Along the way, his car hit a patch of ice, skidded into a telephone pole and overturned, fracturing Campanella's neck. He was able to feed himself, shake hands, and gesture while speaking, but he would never again play the game loved. Prior to that fateful night, Campanella had won three National League batting titles and was named to eight All-Star teams. This first-class jersey that once graced his body is worthy of hanging in a place of honor.
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