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Lot # 910: 1971 Clay Carroll Cincinnati Reds Game Worn Jersey

Starting Bid: $300.00

Bids: 19 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "2023 Fall Classic",
which ran from 10/29/2023 7:00 PM to
11/18/2023 10:00 PM

Cincinnati Reds home jersey worn by relief ace Clay Carroll in 1971. The white flannel jersey features the Reds team logo on the left breast. The number "36" appears on both the right breast and reverse. The name "Carroll" is lettered on the reverse, directly above the number. All letters and numerals are applied in red tackle twill. Located on the interior right front tail are a "Rawlings 44" label, a wash tag, and a flag tag reading "Set 1/#8P/1971." Both the jersey size ("44") and year ("71") are chain-stitched in red on the left front tail. The jersey is original as issued and displays moderate wear, including some light fraying to the stitching on the name. Clay Carroll enjoyed a successful fifteen-year Major League career, but he is best remembered today for being the mainstay of manager Sparky Anderson's vaunted Cincinnati Reds bullpen during the early to mid 1970s. Anderson earned the nickname of "Captain Hook" during his managerial career, but one could hardly blame him for pulling his starting pitchers when he had hurlers such as Carroll to turn to. During his tenure with the Reds (1968-1975) Carroll saved 119 games (a franchise record at that time), including a league and career high 37 in 1972. He was equally efficient in the post season, compiling an ERA of 1.39 over the course of twenty-two games. In 1971, Carroll posted a record of 10-4 with fifteen saves to go along with an ERA of 2.59. 1971 also marked his first appearance in the All-Star Game. In 1975, his final season with the Reds, he was the winning pitcher in Game 7 of the World Series, which gave Cincinnati its first World Championship in 35 years. He finished his career with a record of 96-73, 143 saves, and a 2.94 ERA. In 1980 Carroll was elected into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame.

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