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We'll never know for certain the full story behind this jersey, but our best guess is that it was worn by the young pitcher during his first season with the Chicago Cubs. The style and look are right (note the blue collar) and half-button down front, as well as the fact that the collar tagging is from "Thos. E. Wilson & Co." out of Chicago, but obviously whatever was sewn to the front of the jersey has been removed over the past eight decades. "Adridge" is penned in the tail in vintage ink. Jersey has lots of vintage repairs, as do the matching pants, which are tagged identically to the jersey and stained at the bottom by blue socks. Belt is included. The cap is definitely a Cubs specimen (they wore plain black caps in those days), and the fact that it is tagged identically to the jersey and pants bolsters the belief that it is all of Cubs derivation. Cap is heavily worn. Glove is also heavily worn, with tagging on the button-back strap so scuffed as to make it illegible. Finally, an early ONL ball is printed, "Victor E. Aldridge" in the pitcher's hand, and notated, "Chicago Cubs, June 26, 1918" in EX-MT ink. All pieces came directly from Aldridge. LOA.
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