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Two Complete Circa 1950s Salt Lake City Bees Minor League Uniforms
Starting Bid - $400.00 , Sold For - $940.00
Each of these two Salt Lake City Bees uniforms originates directly from the estate of Ed Leishman, a career baseball man who later served as a high-ranking team executive in both the Pacific Coast League and the Major Leagues. Leishman was the owner of the Salt Lake City Bees franchise of the Pioneer League from 1952 through 1956. In 1957 Leishman lost his Pioneer League franchise, but was successful in luring the Hollywood Stars of the Pacific Coast League to Salt Lake City after they were displaced by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Leishman renamed the Stars the Bees, and continued to serve as owner and general manager of the club for two years. In later years he served as general manager of the San Diego Padres of the Pacific Coast League (early 1960s) and was the first general manager of the San Diego Padres Major League franchise (1969-1972). Leishman received many honors during his long career, including twice being named the Minor League Executive of the Year by The Sporting News (1959 and 1964). Each of these home flannel uniforms, complete with jersey, pants, hat, and stirrup socks, is identical in style and features the name "Bees" lettered across the front in blue on red felt. One of the uniforms is a child's uniform worn by a batboy and is numbered "1/2" on the reverse. Based upon the Wilson label, this uniform dates to the early 1950s (it can't be later than 1954) and is therefore a Pioneer League uniform. The jersey is unaltered and displays heavy wear including numerous age spots and is graded A6 by MEARS (base grade of 10, minus 4 points for the age spots). Ideally, the uniform is accompanied by a photo of the batboy wearing what appears to be this very jersey and hat as he poses in front of the dugout with Ed Leishman. The second uniform is an adult uniform, but was probably also issued to a bat boy or mascot, as it is numbered "3/4." This uniform, based upon the Wilson label, dates between the years 1954 and 1959, thus it is not known for certain whether it is a Pioneer League Bees uniform or a Pacific Coast League Bees uniform. The jersey is unaltered and displays considerable wear, including a few small holes. Graded A6 by MEARS (base grade of 10, minus 4 points for the holes). The pants, socks, and hats display light-to-moderate wear and are all in Excellent condition overall. Two fascinating and unique uniforms saved by Ed Leishman. Total: 2 complete Bees uniforms. LOA from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $400. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $940.00
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