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Lot 1967: 1948 Hank Greenberg Game Worn Jersey
Offered here is all but certainly the only Cleveland Indians jersey worn by the legendary Jewish Hall of Fame slugger on the face of the earth. It was worn at the absolute close of a career that saw this powerful (in more ways than just physically) man overcome incredible adversity and anti-Semitism to carve his name into the tablets of baseball immortality. His story is one of the most moving in baseball's vast and varied history, and his talent propelled him to the pinnacle of a sport populated by many who hated him solely for his heritage and beliefs. This amazing home white flannel jersey was to be the one Greenberg would wear for his fourteenth season in the Majors, but his body finally gave out on him and he turned it in at the end of Spring Training to take up a post as General Manager. But make no mistake, the original Hammerin' Hank took some world class preseason cuts in it before he hung it up for good. And don't feel sorry for this gorgeous gamer--it made it to the regular season anyhow. After a number change (from "9" to "3"), it was issued to Eddie Robinson, who came to Cleveland after thirteen games in Detroit. Nobody ever removed the chain stitched "Greenberg" in the collar though, and every other detail remains as it was when the former Tigers superstar owned it. "Indians" across chest is all-original, as is the great Chief Wahoo patch on the left sleeve. "Wilson [size] 44" tagging in collar, with "48" year tag in tail. Use is nice and even, leaving the jersey in top condition for display.
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