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1970 Pete Rose Cincinnati Reds Game-Used Home Uniform (Jersey and Pants)
Starting Bid - $5,000, Sold For - $15,275
Cincinnati Reds home uniform worn by Pete Rose during the 1970 season. Graded a perfect A10 by MEARS (jersey grade only; MEARS authenticates, but does not grade, pants). This is an extraordinary jersey in all respects. Not only is it one of just four Pete Rose Cincinnati Reds jerseys ever graded A10 by MEARS, but it also holds the special distinction of being the earliest Pete Rose jersey listed in the MEARS census. The white flannel jersey features the club's embroidered red-and-white logo on the left breast and the number "14" on both the right breast and reverse. "Rose" is lettered on the reverse directly above the number. All letters and numerals are appliquéd in red tackle twill. The jersey size and year ("42 70") are chain-stitched in red on the left front tail. Located on the interior right front tail are a "Rawlings 42" label, a wash tag, and a flag tag that reads "Set 1/#8P/1970." The matching white flannel pants feature similar tagging in the waistband. Chain-stitched in red upon a white strip tag in the rear of the waistband is "Rose 33 1/2 /32 26 70." Located in the front of the waistband is a "Rawlings 34" label, a wash tag, and a flag tag that reads "Set 1/#8P/1970." Included with the uniform is a pair of solid red stirrup socks that are proper for the period, but which bear the number "32" stitched in white on each sock. Both the jersey and pants are completely original, with no alterations, but each differs in the amount of evident wear. The jersey displays moderate, even wear throughout, including a small light stain just below the right arm. The pants are heavily soiled in the area of the upper left hip, with that same area displaying four small holes and thread pulls. The remainder of the pants display small areas of lesser soiling and a team repair on the back of the right leg. One of the stirrup socks has two small holes; otherwise they are in fine condition. Rose enjoyed a typical year at the plate in 1970, finishing the season with a league-leading 205 hits, 15 home runs, 52 RBI, and a .316 batting average. Not to be outdone in the field, Rose earned his second consecutive Gold Glove Award as an outfielder that season as well. Despite his many accomplishments that season, the year 1970 will forever be remembered by what is now considered Rose's signature moment in the sport, and one that epitomizes his "all-out" style of play that rightfully earned him the legendary nickname "Charlie Hustle." Playing in front of his hometown crowd in the newly christened Riverfront Stadium, Rose single handedly won the 1970 All-Star Game for the National League with his vicious hit on catcher Ray Fosse in the bottom of the twelfth inning. That play, which separated Fosse from the ball and allowed Rose to score from second, is still talked about today and remains one of the most controversial moments in Rose's career. Obviously, Rose's intent was simply to win the game, but force of the collision resulted in a significant injury to Fosse and basically ended his career. While we may never know with certainty, the real possibility exists that the jersey offered here is the very jersey worn by Rose on that fateful night. If we assume that each player was issued two home and two road uniforms per season, then it stands to reason there is a fifty-fifty chance that this jersey was witness to that historic moment. Perhaps at some future date a photo study will be made that could conclusively prove, or disprove, its use in the 1970 midsummer classic. Whether it is or is not the very jersey from this historic play, the fact remains that this is an impeccable Pete Rose home flannel jersey from the peak of Rose's career, and one that is, without question, one of the finest examples that could possibly exist. LOA from Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000++. SOLD FOR $15,275
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