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Nearly a century old and as heavy as a wet blanket, this incomparable, heavy-woven sweater is the first we have ever handled. It was worn by Major League veteran catcher Fred Carisch and has his name in ink on a piece of material inside the front tail. After playing six seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cleveland Naps, Carisch was a Tigers coach in 1923 when, nine years after his retirement, he found himself pressed into service yet again. In the 10th inning of a game against Cleveland, Larry Woodall, the only remaining catcher on the Tigers, was ejected from the game. Tribe manager Tris Speaker refused to let any of the other Detroit catchers re-enter the game, Tigers manager Ty Cobb was forced to use the 41-year-old Carisch. Speaker protested the game since Carisch was not on the eligible list, but the Indians won in the bottom of the inning nonetheless. It is entirely possible Carisch wore this sweater that fateful day. It features a "Bradley Knit Wear Major League" tag in the collar and felt "D" sewn on the left breast. The body is gray while the turtleneck is black. There are two pockets on the front, and all the original celluloid buttons remain attached. The awesome artifact is in EX condition, the only flaws being some pulls to the heavy woven material.
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