11/4/1961 Ernie Davis Syracuse vs. Pittsburgh Game Worn Jersey and Game Ball - Heisman Trophy Season (Gifted Directly by Ernie Davis with Photo Proof)
November 4, 1961, Ernie Davis game worn jersey and game ball from Syracuse vs. Pittsburgh, won by the Orangemen in a 28-9 final. Jersey shows nice use with proper Wilson size 48 tagging on crotch flap and number 44 stitched to front and back in black-on-orange tackle twill. Game ball has traditional orange and blue paint on the panel reading "Syracuse - 28, Pittsburgh - 9" and there was once a beautiful signature of Ernie's on one of the panels but it has faded from heavy usage. Davis presented this ball to a youngster himself after the game at the Syracuse Hotel and included is a photo of Ernie giving this exact ball to the young boy; lot also comes with an LOA from that recipient. Ball does not hold air but presents nicely nonetheless; a poignant reminder of the 1961 Heisman Trophy winner, who passed away tragically young at age 23 from leukemia before having the chance to play his first NFL game.
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