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1958 Morrie Martin Cleveland Indians Signed Game-Used Road Jersey
Starting Bid - $300.00 , Sold For - $705.00
Cleveland Indians road jersey worn in 1958 by pitcher and former WW II combat-veteran Morrie Martin. Graded A9 by MEARS. The gray flannel jersey is lettered "Indians" across the front and features the number "32" on the reverse. All letters and numerals are appliquéd in red on blue tackle twill. A "Smiling Indian" patch appears on the left sleeve. A "Wilson 44" label is located in the collar, while a flag tag, reading "Set 2 1958," can be found on the interior right tail. Martin has signed the jersey in black marker (grading "8") on the left front tail. Original and unaltered, the jersey displays moderate-to-heavy wear including a number of light stains on the front. Although Morrie Martin's ten-year career record of 38-34 might seem unimpressive, it's actually remarkable given the obstacles he had to overcome. Martin served as a combat engineer in World War II and was the victim of a machine gun attack that nearly killed him. After returning from overseas, he was able to regain the use of his legs and resumed his professional baseball career. He debuted with Brooklyn in 1949, but a death in the family, and then a number of injuries, kept him out of action until 1951, a year in which he posted a career-high eleven wins (against only two losses) with the Philadelphia Athletics. Even then, fate seemed to be against him, as he suffered a season-ending injury in a collision with Indians catcher Jim Hegan. Martin eventually played with five other clubs before retiring in 1959. In 1958 he joined Cleveland in mid season and posted a record of 2-0 with a 2.41 ERA. He ended his career the following season with the Cubs. Graded A9 by MEARS (10 point base grade, with 1 point deducted for the light stains on the front). This rare style jersey is currently the only 1958 Cleveland Indians jersey listed in the MEARS population report. This jersey has been consigned to this auction directly from the personal collection/inventory of world-renowned bat and jersey authenticators David Bushing and/or Troy Kinunen. LOAs from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS and James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $705.00
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