1934 Eric McNair Tour of Japan Game Worn Jersey
It's one of the most intriguing stories in baseball lore. A squad of Major League Baseball's biggest stars (including a catcher/government spy named Moe Berg) set sail for the Land of the Rising Sun to bring to the uninitiated this uniquely American sport. Ruth was there, and Gehrig, and Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons, Charlie Gehringer and Lefty Gomez. Philadelphia Athletics shortstop McNair was a lesser star by comparison, but merely through his association with this watershed moment in the game's history, his name is immortal.Given the vast importance of this unique endeavor that changed the complexion of the game on the world's stage forever and compiled a roster of baseball "gods" like none ever seen before or since, relics from the Tour are held in a sort of reverence like few others. To touch the vintage grey flannel of this game worn jersey from that Tour is to commune with one of the most special moments in baseball history. Patriotic red, white and blue trim abounds. Large circular patch over the heart holds the monumental words, "All Americans." Patches on left and right sleeves are "US" and patriotic shield respectively. McNair's number "1" on verso. "Spalding" tagging in collar gives way to red embroidered, "D.E. McNair." Wear is even and strong, with some unobtrusive staining and small moth holes. The overall look is not hindered in the slightest though. And nothing, nothing could drain this piece of its glory.
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