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First it was “Spahn and Sain and pray for rain” in reference to star pitchers Warren Spahn and Johnny Sain, who topped the Milwaukee Braves rotation in the late 1940s. Soon thereafter, Spahn was complemented by Lew Burdette and the duo formed another lethal top-of-the rotation combination that led Milwaukee to the 1957 World Series title.

The Hall of Famer Spahn’s impressive 21-year career was mostly spent in the Braves organization, both in Boston and in Milwaukee. Spahn was the 1957 Cy Young Award winner and led the National League in wins eight times, finishing his career with 363 wins, a 3.09 ERA and 2,583 strikeouts, along with a staggering 382 complete games. During the 1954 season, in which this offered Milwaukee Braves jersey worn by the great hurler dates to, Spahn recorded a 21-12 record, a 3.14 ERA and was selected to his seventh All-Star Game (sixth in a row).

This gray flannel Talon zipper-front jersey worn by Spahn features “Braves” in the team template script and sewn on in red on navy felt on an upward slant. A black tomahawk outlined in brown with red and gold stitching details is below the “Braves” wordmark and Spahn’s number “21” is sewn on below on the left side in red on navy felt. This jersey is a size 42 and was manufactured by Wilson with the manufacturer’s tag sewn on the front left tail, along with an off-white team tag that has embroidered in red “Spahn 54” and a wash instruction’s tag below. This style is consistent with that era and is considered period appropriate.

The back of this jersey has Spahn’s number “21” sewn on in red on navy felt and there are navy/red/navy knit trim on both sides of the placket. The sleeves were constructed with raglan style sleeves with the left sleeve having a bold “Brave in War Bonnet” logo patch. This patch is original to the jersey, unlike replica patches that often find their way onto vintage uniforms and is the style patch that was worn by the Braves from 1953-1956. This jersey, which displays light to moderate game use with numerous fabric pulls, has been photo matched to several games by Sports Investors Authentication and does not have any alterations or restorations. This jersey comes with a LOA from Sports Investors Authentication (200110F2), who state in their LOA that they’ve photo matched this jersey to multiple images from the 1954 season including one from the famed Polo Grounds in New York and a LOA from MEARS (310782), who have given this jersey their highest possible grade of A10. Please note that in the MEARS LOA, they reference a notarized letter of provenance from Ed Quinn, whose mother was employed as a switchboard operator with the club and that he later served as a batboy from 1958-1961. This letter does not come with this jersey.

Also included with this photo matched jersey are two graded ticket stubs from the 1954 season. The first ticket is from the 1954 All-Star Game held at Cleveland Stadium where Spahn pitched for the National League. This ticket has Section 20, Row P and Seat 5. This stub is in good overall condition and comes authenticated and encapsulated by PSA (20810099). The second ticket is from the August 3rd, 1954 where Spahn picked up the victory in the Braves 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies at Connie Mack Stadium in Philadelphia. This was Spahn's 156th career victory. This stub has a $2.00 face value and has Section 11, Row 8 and Seat 4. There is a small tear on the lower left corner. This comes authenticated and encapsulated by PSA (21567627).

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Minimum Bid: $5,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $68,880.00
Number Bids: 25
Auction closed on Monday, October 25, 2021.
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