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Lot # 780: 1965 Warren Spahn New York Mets Game Worn Cap (Spahn Family Letter)

Category: Baseball Equipment

Starting Bid: $300.00

Bids: 16 (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

Presented is a 1965 Warren Spahn New York Mets' game worn cap that the Hall of Fame left-hander wore in his final Major League season. Spahn pitched in 21 Major League seasons: Boston/Milwaukee Braves (1942 & 1946-64), New York Mets (1965), San Francisco Giants (1965). In his first season with Boston, Braves' manager Casey Stengel ordered Spahn to throw at the Dodgers' Pee Wee Reese in an exhibition game. When Spahn refused to comply, Stengel said, "Spahn has no guts." Later, in the U.S. Army from 1942-45, Spahn served in combat in Germany, fought in the battle of the Bulge, and was awarded a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. After Spahn returned from the war and became a top starter, Stengel said, "I said 'no guts' to a war hero and the greatest left-hander you ever saw. You can't say I don't miss 'em when I miss 'em." Spahn had 363 wins, the sixth most in MLB history. He was 363-245, with a 3.09 ERA for his career. He won the 1957 NL Cy Young Award, was a 13-time 20-game winner, won three ERA titles, and was a key starter on the '57 Milwaukee Braves World Champions. In 1965, the year Spahn wore the offered cap, he was both the pitching coach and a player with the Mets. He had a 4-12 record, with a 4.36 ERA before being released in mid-season and signing with the San Francisco Giants and finishing his Major League career at the end of that season. The cap was in the Spahn family collection until being sold by them several years ago. It comes with a Letter of Provenance from Spahn's son. The cap is royal blue, and it has an interlocking NY on the bill, in orange. The cap shows great use, some of the stitching holding the inner leather band to the cap has become loose. There is also some perspiration toning. This in no way affects the presentation of the cap. A Tim McAuliffe manufacturer's tag and a "KM Pro" stamp are on the rear hatband. The size, "6 and 3/4" is also stamped on the rear hatband. A vintage "21" is written under the brim in faded black marker, by an unknown hand. The cap comes with a color, 8x10" photo of Spahn wearing a similar cap.

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