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Check out this extremely rare piece of Negro League history: the first Memphis Red Sox jersey that we have ever handled. Owned by a pair of dentist brothers, the team came into existence in 1923 and lasted until the end of segregated baseball in 1962. The jersey is all-original and has a World War II "stars and bars" patch on the left sleeve. "Memphis" is sewn on the front in blue on red felt and "22" appears on the back in the same blue-on-red. There's a MacGregor-Goldsmith Size 44 tag in the collar, though the matching hat is missing its tag inside. It does showcase a white-on-blue felt "M" on the front. Both the jersey and hat show very nice use with one missing button and one replaced button. The styles of jersey and hat match up to the available photos of the Red Sox from the mid 1940s. The franchise - which was not affiliated with the Boston team of the same name, was one of the few clubs in the Negro leagues to have its own ballpark. Over the team's four-decade existence, it was a member of the first Negro National League. Memphis also played independently, in the Negro Southern League and the Negro American League, of which they were charter members from 1937 until the end of their existence.
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