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Pete Rose in 1973 was a force to be reckoned with, his .338 avg. and 230 hits helped make him the National League’s Most Valuable Player, and his Cincinnati Reds’ post-season against the New York Mets, with its famous bench-clearing brawl, from which this game-worn uniform saw some action, was a stellar performance of will, passion and provocation. Not only did this uniform take part in Charlie Hustle’s greatest season, it has the distinction of Pete Rose’s MINT signature in blue sharpie across its chest just below a red vintage, individually sewn “Cincinnati,” and next to his red “14”. This gray road jersey front tail sports a Wilson size 44 tag with black-markered “3” on it (signifying it as the third set issued during the season), as well as an embroidered red “73” sewn below size tag on like-colored fabric. “Rose” on back with “14” below it. Gray pants have draw string, and “33 ?” embroidered into Wilson tag with black markered “3”. Gray fabric stitched into back of pants with embroidered red “14 - 34 - 23 - 73”. Rose gave this uniform to his tailor following the conclusion of the 1973 NLCS. A letter from the tailor is included. Furthermore, there is a letter from Rose (written by him after inspecting the uniform over a decade ago) that states that he did in fact give this uniform to his tailor and that is likely that this is the uniform that he wore during the 1973 NLCS with the Mets. This Series will long be remembered for the fight between Rose and Bud Harrelson at Shea Stadium. During the last decade, evidence has been revealed that supports the fact that the only set of road jerseys that the Reds wore in 1973 with year tags were used during the NLCS. A fantastic uniform worn during Pete's only MVP season and one of the most memorable Championship Series' in history!
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