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1969 Mike Hegan Seattle Pilots Signed Home Jersey
Starting Bid - $2,000, Sold For - $7,050
Presented is an extraordinary example of one of the greatest, most highly prized, and most significant of all modern jersey-style rarities: an ideal 1969 Seattle Pilots home jersey, worn by outfielder Mike Hegan during the club's one and only season! Graded A9 by MEARS. The white flannel jersey is lettered "Pilots" on the left breast, above which is the club's embroidered logo patch. The number "8" appears on the both the right breast and reverse. All letters and numerals are appliquèd in blue on gold tackle twill. The year, "1969," is chain-stitched in blue on the left front tail, above which is a "Wilson 42" label. The name-tag in the collar has been removed. Hegan has signed the jersey in blue ink (grading "6") on the left front tail. Aside from the missing name tag, the jersey is original and unaltered, displaying moderate wear. The Pilots wore three different uniforms styles in 1969 (home, road, and alternate style), and the home jersey (unlike the road and alternate jersey styles) were designed without the Major League Baseball 100th anniversary patch on the left sleeve. Mike Hegan appeared in ninety-five games with the Pilots in 1969, finishing the year with 8 home runs, 37 RBI and a .292 average. The history of the Seattle Pilots is quite brief. Joining the American League as an expansion club in 1969, the franchise, due to financial considerations, was quickly forced to move to Milwaukee the following spring. Although the team hardly distinguished itself on the field, finishing in last place with a 64-98 record, the club was later immortalized in Jim Bouton's groundbreaking "tell all" book, Ball Four. Because the Pilots only played one year in Seattle before moving, any and all game-used items, especially jerseys, are extremely rare. This is the first 1969 Seattle Pilots home jersey that we can recall ever offering. This is one of only six Seattle Pilots jerseys listed in the entire MEARS census report, and one of only three home examples. Graded A9 by MEARS (base grade of 10, with 1 point deducted for the missing name-tag). This is the only Seattle Pilots jersey graded at this level, with just one graded higher (which is a road jersey). LOAs from Troy Kinunen/MEARS and James Spence/JSA. Reserve $2,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $7,050
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