In the history of twenty-first century sports collectibles auctions, the offerings of authentic Major League game-worn jerseys that date to the early 1900’s could be counted on Mordecai Brown’s pitching hand. Dead Ball Era uniforms just simply don’t exist anymore, so one could imagine the skepticism Heritage Auction representatives felt when a polite gentleman telephoned to inform us that he was in possession of not one, but two gamers from an early Brooklyn Dodger.
An email with digital photographs quickly turned our skepticism to giddiness, however, as the images served to validate the outrageous claim. For exactly one hundred years, the home white jersey, and road grey 1913 Brooklyn flannels that will be featured in our May catalog auction, have been carefully preserved in the family of Earl Hershey Yingling, a southpaw pitcher that supplied two of his five seasons of Big League service to the Brooklyn cause. It would appear that, upon his transfer to the Cincinnati Reds for the 1914 campaign, Yingling simply bundled up his jerseys and took them home, where they apparently were left to languish in a chest filled with mothballs. The result is two of the finest pre-1920 Major League jerseys ever to surface in the collecting hobby.
The preview for our May sports card and memorabilia is now viewable at HA.com, with bidding to begin in the next couple weeks. Please click here to view the preview of this highly-anticipated auction.