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1946 Red Schoendienst St. Louis Cardinals Signed Road Uniform
Starting Bid - $2,500.00 , Sold For - $23,500.00
Complete St. Louis Cardinals flannel road uniform (jersey, pants, socks, and even sliding pads) worn by Hall of Fame second baseman Red Schoendienst during the club's World Championship season of 1946. Graded A9.5 by MEARS, the gray zipper-front 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 “2" is appliquéd on the reverse in red on navy felt. Both the name, "Schoendienst," and the year, "46," are chain-stitched in red along the left front tail. Situated in the collar are a "Rawlings" label, a "40" size tag, and a laundry tag. Schoendienst has signed the jersey in black marker (grading "9/10") on the right breast. The jersey has also been signed in black marker ("9/10") on the left breast by Stan Musial. The jersey is all original, with no alterations, and displays moderate wear including a few small tears on the reverse. The matching gray pants feature red piping down the side of each leg. Located in the waistband are a "Rawlings" label, a "36" size tag, a laundry tag, and a tag lettered, "L" (for "Long"). Like the jersey, the pants have been signed in black marker ("9/10") on the right leg by both Schoendienst and Musial. Although the pants cannot be positively attributed to Schoendienst, they do match the jersey and were acquired together with it; therefore it is highly probable that they were worn by Schoendienst as well. The pants are completely original and display moderate wear including repairs to a few large tears on the right leg. Completing the ensemble are a pair of vintage red stirrup socks with red/white/blue stripes, each signed in black marker by Schoendienst ("6"), and a pair of white sliding pads signed in black marker ("9/10") by Schoendienst. 1946 was an auspicious year for Schoendienst. Playing in just his second full season in the Majors, Schoendienst batted .281 and led all National League second basemen in fielding percentage (.984). At midseason he was selected as the starting second baseman for the National League All-Star team (his first of ten All-Star Game appearances), and in October he helped lead the Cardinals to a dramatic seven-game victory over the Boston Red Sox in the World Series. While we may never know for certain, there's a good chance that the offered jersey was worn by Schoendienst in the 1946 fall classic. During that era, players normally received only two sets of home and away uniforms; thus there is a fifty percent chance that this jersey was worn by Schoendienst during at least one of the club's three World Series road games that year. Schoendienst was one of the finest second basemen of his era and led the league in fielding percentage at his position on six separate occasions. He finished his nineteen-year career with a .289 lifetime average and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1989. The jersey is graded A9.5 by MEARS (base grade of 10, with a half point deducted for the small tears on the back), while the pants are labeled "Authentic" (MEARS doesn't grade pants). This is one of only five 1940s St. Louis Cardinals jerseys currently listed in the MEARS census and, of that group, represents the highest-graded example. It is also the first Red Schoendienst jersey ever evaluated by MEARS. This is a highly significant and rare Hall of Fame jersey dating from a World Championship season. LOAs from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS and James Spence/JSA. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000+. SOLD FOR $23,500.00
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