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1969 Mudcat Grant St. Louis Cardinals Game-Used Road Jersey
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $928.00
St. Louis Cardinals flannel jersey worn by pitcher Mudcat Grant during the 1969 season. The gray road jersey features the team name "Cardinals" embroidered on the front, above which is displayed the club's distinctive logo of two cardinals perched upon a bat. The number "22" appears on the left breast and reverse. "Grant" is lettered on the reverse above the number. All letters and numerals are appliquéd in red on blue felt. A "Major League 100th Anniversary" patch appears on the left sleeve. The year "69" is chain-stitched in red on the left front tail. Also situated on the left front tail are a "Rawlings 42" label, a wash tag and a flag tag reading "Set 1 1969." Both the name and the sleeve patch have been restored. The remaining components of the jersey are all original and unaltered. The jersey displays moderate-to-heavy wear throughout. St. Louis Cardinals flannel jerseys have always been especially highly prized by collectors for the great aesthetic appeal of their design. This is a very attractive and desirable example dating from the late 1960s. One of baseball's more colorful characters throughout a very substantial fourteen-year career, Mudcat Grant's real full name was actually James Timothy Grant. Grant was the first African-American to win 20 games in the minor leagues and the first African-American to ever win a World Series game (1965). He was also the first ballplayer to sport muttonchop sideburns and be lead singer for a group called "Mudcat and the Kittens." Often suspected of throwing a spitter, he never denied it, but preferred to call it a "cloud ball that got a little wet from the air." After being traded from Cleveland to the Twins in 1964, he had his best year in 1965, going 21-7 with six shutouts and a 3.30 ERA. He joined the Cardinals in midseason of 1969, winning seven games against five losses. He eventually retired in 1971 with an impressive lifetime won-loss record of 145-119. Graded A6.5 by MEARS (base grade of 10, with 3 points deducted for the restored name on back and a half point deducted for the restoration of the sleeve patch). LOA from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $928.00
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