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1955 Bob Porterfield Washington Senators Road Jersey
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,644
Washington Senators road jersey worn by pitcher Bob Porterfield in 1955. Graded A9.5 by MEARS. The gray flannel road jersey, featuring a zipper front, is lettered "Washington" on the front and displays the number "19" on the reverse. All letters and numerals are appliquéd in blue on red tackle twill. The name "Porterfield" is chain-stitched in red upon a white strip tag located in the collar. Also situated in the collar are a "Spalding" label, an adjacent "46" size tag, and a flag tag reading "Set 1 1955." A laundry tag can be found on the interior left front tail. Original and unaltered, the jersey displays heavy use throughout including a few tiny holes on the front and left sleeve. The zipper is original and fully functional, but a small portion of the pull-down tab is missing. There was no Cy Young Award in 1953, but if there had been, the winner would have likely been right-hander Bob Porterfield of the Senators. The former Yankee went 22-10 with the 1953 Nats, leading the League in wins, complete games (24), and shutouts (9). What makes his performance that season all the more amazing is the fact that in his previous six years in the Majors he had compiled a rather pedestrian record of 30-31. Porterfield was never again able to recapture the magic of his 1953 season: he finished his career in 1959 with a lifetime record of 87-97. This jersey dates from his 1955 season with the Senators, which marked his fourth and final year with the club. Porterfield was still the ace of the staff in 1955, leading the team in games started (27) and tying for the team lead in wins (10, with Mickey McDermott). Graded A9.5 by MEARS (base grade of 10, but minus a half point for the tiny holes on the front and left sleeve). This is one of just thirteen Washington Senators jerseys (not including the 1961-1971 expansion-era Washington Senators, which are a different franchise) listed in the MEARS census. It is one of only three graded at this level, with just three graded higher. LOA from Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $2,644
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