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1969 Ted Williams Washington Senators Home Pants
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $529
Pair of 1969 Washington Senators home pants worn by Ted Williams during his first year as manager of the club. The white flannel pants feature a "Wilson" label in the waistband, upon which appear the numbers "41" (waist) and "40" (length), each handwritten in black marker. Williams' uniform number, the year, the inseam measurement, and a team inventory code number (9-1969-28" P65) are chain-stitched in black in the waistband. These pants were later sent down for use by a Senators' minor-league affiliate (a common practice) as evidenced by the names "Kurowski" and "Southworth" written in either red or black marker in the waistband. (George “Whitey” Kurowski managed in the Senators farm system, and Jim Southworth was a pitcher invited to spring training with the 1971 Senators.) The pants are all original, with no alterations, and display heavy wear, including a few light stains on the front and reverse, and a tear to one of the belt loops. In 1969 new Washington Senators’ owner Bob Short cajoled the legendary Ted Williams out of retirement to skipper his ballclub. While it is obvious, based upon the waist size of these pants, that Williams was no longer a "Splinter" at this stage of his career, he was certainly no less "Splendid." In his first season at the helm of the Senators, Williams resurrected a team that finished dead last the year before and managed them to a fourth-place finish in 1969. The twenty-one-game improvement was nothing short of a miracle in Washington and the feat later earned Williams the American League Manager of the Year Award at season's end. Williams was not only one of the game's greatest hitters, but a gifted batting instructor, a fact that was cleary evidenced in his first season as manager. Incredibly, every single starting player in 1969 improved his season average from the previous year, resulting in a twenty-seven point jump in team batting average (.224 to .251). The team also scored 175 more runs than in the previous year. Williams only managed the Senators for four seasons (in 1972 the club moved to Texas) before officially retiring completely from baseball. LOA from Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $529
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