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Lot # 670: 1940s Ted Williams Game Used Boston Red Sox Jacket

Category: Baseball Equipment

Starting Bid: $500.00

Bids: 49 (Bid History)

Time Left: Auction closed
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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

Boston Red Sox jacket worn by Ted Williams, circa 1946. This jacket first entered the hobby in 2003, when it was offered at auction by Lelands. At that time, it was consigned by the grandson of one of Ted Williams' hunting pals. According to the grandson, Williams wore this jacket in 1946, after returning from military duty and later presented it as a gift to his grandfather. The jacket remained in the family's sole possession until the time of the sale (out of respect for both his grandmother and Ted Williams, he didn't want to sell it until after they both had passed). The navy blue button-down wool jacket, with fur lining, features a red-white-and-blue trim around the collar, sleeve ends, and waist. A chenille patch picturing two red socks is affixed to the left breast. Leather trim is featured on each front pocket. A badly torn and tattered "McAuliffe" label and adjacent "48" size tag appear in the collar, along the cloth hang tag, which remains firmly anchored. Conclusive attribution to Williams can be found in the interior right front tail, where Williams' number, "9," is chain-stitched in red upon a navy strip tag. (Williams was the only player to wear number "9" for the Red Sox following his debut in 1939 and it was officially retired in 1984.) The jacket displays extensive wear, including several tears on the right sleeve, one of which has been repaired with a large square patch, tears to the collar and sleeve ends, and a missing top button. Additionally, one of the other buttons has been replaced. Ted Williams game-worn garments are scarce. Given the exorbitant prices for Ted Williams game-used jerseys, this jacket, dating from the prime of his career, offers collectors the next best alternative to its pricier flannel counterparts.

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