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Lot # 575: Ted Williams Signed Boston Red Sox 1942 Commemorative Jersey (UDA)

Starting Bid: $400.00

Bids: 15 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "2024 Winter Classic",
which ran from 2/25/2024 10:00 AM to
3/16/2024 10:00 PM

Displayed is a Ted Williams signed Boston Red Sox jersey, autographed by the exceptional man who was a real-life John Wayne, an amazing hitter and a highly skilled Marine combat pilot who strode through life as a 6'3" man whose real height was simply immeasurable; Hall of Famer Ted Williams was truly larger than life. "I want to have more than my toenails on the line," explained Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox to The Sporting News in 1941 when he decided to play against the Philadelphia Athletics in a meaningless last day of the season doubleheader on September 28th at Shibe Park in Philadelphia. At stake that day was Williams' chance to become a .400 hitter, one whose average did not have to be rounded off to .400. Williams went into the end-of-season doubleheader batting .39955. Officially, that average would have been rounded up to .400. It tells you plenty about Williams that he took his chances and played, wanting to go big, or go home. Williams went big. Under tremendous pressure, the Splendid Splinter went 6-for-8 in the doubleheader, not taking a toe hold, but kicking his way through the door to a .406 season average, still the last Major Leaguer to bat .400. Despite missing the equivalent of five seasons of play because of service in both World War II and the Korean Conflict as a Marine pilot, Williams still managed to belt 521 home runs. In his 19-year MLB career, all with the Red Sox, the "Splendid Splinter" was a 2-time AL MVP, a 2-time Triple Crown winner, an 8-time batting champion, and a lifetime .344 hitter. The offered Red Sox home retro jersey has a Mitchell & Ness manufacturer's tag in the neck and an adjacent box tag showing size L. The left sleeve has a Health patch. The back has a number 9, red with blue trim. There are five white buttons down the front. The lower left tail has a Cooperstown Collection patch, which includes the MLB logo. The Cooperstown Collection patch has a UDA hologram sticker, #UDD18263. Williams has signed the jersey on the left chest, using blue ink from a fine-tip marker. Williams' signature is bold and neatly scripted. The signed jersey is in excellent condition, and it's a jersey signed by the man who in '41 hit .406, the last man in 82 years to do so.

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