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1948 Hank Greenberg Game Worn Jersey

1948 Hank Greenberg Game Worn Jersey

The only known authentic Hank Greenberg jersey on the planet, nothing short of a one-of-a-kind. Worn by this rare and exceptional star at the close of his career during the 1948 pre-season. Greenberg was to wear the jersey for his 14th season in the Majors, but his body gave out on him before the start of the season and he turned it in at the end of Spring Training opting to become the Indians general manager. Hank Greenberg represented the Jewish race during a time when it seemed there was little acceptance in professional baseball. Greenberg entered the majors just a decade before Jackie Robinson, and rose to become the first Jewish American superstar. In fact, in 1938 he had a serious opportunity to break Babe Ruth's single season home run record, but in a display of intolerance for a Jewish player owning such a record, pitchers dealt Hammerin' Hank pitches that would not be able to be hit out of a park for the duration of the season, halting Greenberg's home run tally at 58 (which he had reached with 5 games left in the regular season). But there was little anyone could do to keep the enormous slugger out of the Hall of Fame. This amazing Cleveland Indians white flannel home jersey could cover only the back of Hammerin' Hank Greenberg, which you will easily conclude upon seeing it. A ton of fabric went into the making of this enormous jersey. "Indians" across the chest in red on navy felt lettering. The #3 on the verso is the result of a number change by the team from "9" to "3" in order that Eddie Robinson could wear it during the regular season. Greenberg's name was never removed from the collar. "Wilson" tag in the collar with size "44" flag tag. Below on plate is embroidered, "Greenberg" in black thread. "48" year tag on the inside front tail. Chief Wahoo patch on left sleeve. Wear is nice and even, leaving the jersey in top display condition.

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