The only known and authenticated Joe DiMaggio jersey from the 1942 Wartime season is expected to set a record price when it hits the auction block in the Goldin Auctions 2015 Winter Auction scheduled for January 12, through February 7, 2015 at www.GoldinAuctions.com.
The jersey is historically significant for many reasons. It would be the last jersey “The Yankee Clipper” would wear before he enlisted in the U.S Army from 1943-45 to serve his country during World War II.
“We are thrilled to offer this new find to collectors for the first time,” said Ken Goldin, Founder of Goldin Auctions. “It’s not only incredible that this jersey is being offered for public sale for the first time ever after all of these years, but it’s a minor miracle that any jersey, let alone a DiMaggio jersey, survived from the 1942 season as Wartime rationing severely restricted sports supplies and uniforms were recycled even more frequently than during the depression years.”
In 1941 Joe DiMaggio was coming off the most historic season of his career, having won the Most Valuable Player award and hit in his record 56 consecutive games, capped off by a World Series victory over the Brooklyn Dodgers. He followed that up with a fine performance in 1942 hitting 21 home runs with 114 RBI and led the Yankees to another World Series appearance. When he took off this jersey for the last time in 1942 it would be four years until #5 was worn again, when Joltin’ Joe made his return from the war in 1946.
The front of the classic home pinstripe jersey features the timeless intertwined “NY” in navy felt. The buttons are deemed to be the original ones and are still firmly affixed to the jersey. The Spalding label is sewn inside the collar along with a size “44” strip tag. “Joe DiMaggio” is chain stitched in black on a white strip tag sewn below the size. A faded “Joe DiMaggio” signature is just below that. The left sleeve features a patriotic shield patch with three stars on a navy blue field above the word “HEALTH”. This patch was worn during the 1942 season by all players as part of the nation-wide “Hale America” program to promote physical fitness. To further date the jersey, the year “42” is chain stitched in navy blue on the inside rear tail of the jersey. The back has DiMaggio’s famed number “5” in navy blue felt.
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