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1944 Augie Galan Brooklyn Dodgers Game-Used Satin Jersey Rare One-Year Style
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $11,162.50
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Rare and fascinating one-year-only style Brooklyn Dodgers satin jersey worn by outfielder Augie Galan in 1944. The blue satin jersey is lettered "Brooklyn" across the front and features the number "24" on the reverse. All letters and numbers are appliquéd in white tackle twill. The name "Galan" is chain-stitched in blue upon a white strip tag in the collar. Also located in the collar, adjacent to the name tag, are a "Wilson" label and a "42" size tag. The jersey is completely original, with no alterations, and displays moderate wear throughout. This unique and very rare one-year style jersey, worn by the Dodgers only in 1944, utilizes a highly reflective satin fabric. It was designed and used strictly for night games. It was believed that the reflective properties of the fabric made the garments easier to see under the lights. Night baseball was in its infancy in the early 1940s and it is understandable that teams would try to make adjustments to take into account the new conditions presented by playing games at night. Apparently, the benefits were not great or the style was not popular with the players, as the satin uniforms were retired following the 1944 season, never to return. Only a few examples are known. This is an outstanding example of one of the rarest , most distinctive, and most interesting of all one-year uniform styles. Galan enjoyed the finest season of his career in 1944, batting .318 with a league-leading 101 bases on balls, 12 home runs and 93 RBI. Graded 9.5 by MEARS (10 point base grade with one-half point deducted for minor fabric wear). This jersey has been consigned to this auction directly from the personal collection of world-renowned bat authenticator David Bushing. LOA from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$4,000. SOLD FOR $11,162.50
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