Rare Early 1940s Cardinals Game Worn Jersey with Blue Bat
We can't quite put together all of the pieces of this puzzle but do know that this is a very rare style of an early 1940s St. Louis Cardinals baseball jersey. It has the embroidered Cardinals logo on the front with a blue bat and blue stitching around the rest of the logo, and the back has "16" in red felt with a blue felt outline. It comes with a working zipper front and the jersey shows use. Includes a Spalding tag in the collar along with "Dry Clean Only" and 44 size tag (though the jersey actually measures to be a 48). "Hopp" is also written in ink in the collar but Johnny Hopp never wore number 16 and the number does appear to be all-original with no number change evident. Hopp was also of average size and this jersey would have been very big for him to wear. Number 16 was worn for some time by Don Padgett who was listed at 6 feet and 190 pounds. Also, it does not appear that any patches were ever removed from the sleeves. It has staining and wear consistent with its age, and its heavy felt construction is just another example of how drastically the game has changed.
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