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Circa 1941 Bill McKechnie Cincinnati Reds Game-Used Road Jersey
Starting Bid - $3,000.00, Sold For - $8,625.00
Extremely rare circa 1941 Cincinnati Reds road jersey worn by Hall of Famer Bill McKechnie. McKechnie was the manager of the Reds in 1939 and 1940, two of Cincinnati's most glorious championship seasons. This is an extremely rare style jersey for any player, but the fact that it is the jersey of McKechnie, the only Hall of Famer on the team, makes it by far the most significant and desirable team-member possible for this rare and early style. This jersey originates directly from the McKechnie family. Robert Edward Auctions actually handled the McKechnie Collection when it was sold approximately ten years ago. The highlights of the collection were this jersey and McKechnie's 1940 World Series ring. The shirt has "Cincinnati" across the chest, with the number "1" on reverse. The "Goldsmith" label appears in the collar, along with the adjacent "44" size tag. It is very interesting to note that a small custom-designed pocket to hold a pack of McKechnie's cigarettes has been sewn into the interior of the left breast. Bill McKechnie enjoyed eleven very respectable seasons as a player, but really earned his place in the Hall of Fame as one of baseball's most successful managers. McKechnie managed four teams over a 24-year span (1922-1946), including four pennant winners. The jersey exhibits natural wear and is in outstanding Excellent condition, having been very carefully preserved personally by McKechnie (and, later, by his family) as a special keepsake of Bill McKechnie's greatest era as a Hall of Fame manager. LOA from Dave Bushing & Dan Knoll/SCD Authentic. Reserve $3,000. Estimate $5,000/$10,000. SOLD FOR $8,625.00
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