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1951 Frank Saucier St. Louis Browns Game-Used Road Jersey-The Player Pinch Hit For By Eddie Gaedel!
Starting Bid - $800.00, Sold For - $2,204.00
Frank Saucer's entire Major League career consisted of just eighteen games in 1951 with the St. Louis Browns. Despite his limited service, and less than stellar batting accomplishments (one hit in fourteen at bats), his name will forever be remembered due to his featured role in team-owner Bill Veeck's greatest promotional stunt. Frank Saucier was penciled in as the Browns' starting center fielder in the second game of a double header against the Tigers at Sportsman's Park on August 19, 1951. Scheduled to bat in the bottom of the first inning, Saucier, instead, was called back to the dugout to be pinch hit for by Eddie Gaedel, a three-foot, seven-inch midget who proceeded to walk on four straight pitches. As soon as Gaedel reached first base, he was replaced by the team's regular center fielder Jim Delsing. The following day, American League President William Haring voided Gaedel's contract and banned him from playing in any more Major League games. With that decree, Frank Saucier's name became one of the greatest "footnotes" in baseball history. Offered here is a 1951 St. Louis Browns flannel road jersey worn by Frank Saucier during his one and only season with the club. The gray, zipper-front jersey features the team name, "Browns," lettered across the chest and the number "65" on the reverse. All letters and numerals are appliquéd in offset orange on brown felt, thus creating a "3-D" effect. The American League "Golden Anniversary" patch, worn by every American League club in 1951, appears on the left sleeve. Located in the collar are both a "Rawlings" label and adjacent "44" size tag. The name "Saucier," as well as the year and set number ("51-1") are chain-stitched in brown along the left front tail. A "Dry Clean Only" tag appears on the interior left front tail. The jersey has undergone a team-executed number change on the reverse (Saucier wore number "16" in 1951), with that change most likely occurring in spring training of 1952 (this was a common practice and no regular season player ever wore number "65" with the Browns). Aside from that team-sanctioned alteration, the jersey is all original. This is an exceptionally rare and extremely desirable jersey style, complete with the original 1951 anniversary patch. While it is a tremendous style, this is also a jersey with an extraordinary story. It is the only game-used jersey (or any other type of game-used item, for that matter) that we have ever seen or even heard of worn by Frank Saucier, the man who was pinch hit for by Eddie Gaedel, and whose name will forever be linked to baseball's greatest on-field prank. Graded A8 by MEARS (base grade of 10, with 2 points deducted for the team number change). LOA from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $800. Estimate $1,500/$2,500+. SOLD FOR $2,204.00
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