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     In the history of the Fall Classic, none ended in such a magnificent climax as Game 7 of the 1960 Series. The Pittsburgh Pirates, making their first post season appearance since 1928, came up against the heavily favored New York Yankees. The polished New Yorkers had sluggers Mantle, Maris, Berra and Skowron along with pitchers Bob Turley and the winningest post-season hurler of all-time - Whitey Ford. The scrappy working-class Pirates boasted Roberto Clemente, Don Hoak and that years NL MVP: Dick Groat. On the mound manager Danny Murtaugh had Vern Law and Bob Friend backed up by veteran lefty Harvey Haddix. To the surprise of everyone but the Pittsburgh fans, the Pirates battled the Yankees to a winner-take-all Game 7. Stengel went with Bob Turley and Murtaugh gave the nod to Vern Law. The Pirates knocked Turley out of the box in the first and after 8 innings Pittsburgh was up 9 to 7. Then in the top of the 9th, New York struck back. Bob Friend came on in relief and was promptly rocked for back-to-back singles. Murtaugh waved in Harvey Haddix from the bullpen. He got Maris to foul out but Mantle knocked in a run. Berra followed that with a ground out that scored another run. Haddix managed to put the brakes on and get the last out but the game was tied. Going into the bottom of the ninth it was New York 9 - Pittsburgh 9. The first batter was Bill Mazeroski. The first pitch was a ball. The second pitch no one ever found out what it was because Maz knocked it towards left field and out of Forbes Field.  For the first time in World Series history, a team became World Champions on a ninth inning game winning home run. While every baseball fan knows Bill Mazeroski hit the game winning homer, it takes a slightly more advanced history aficionado to know who the winning pitcher of Game 7 was - Harvey Haddix.


     This is the home uniform Haddix wore in that most historic and dramatic of World Series games. The classic sleeveless flannel vest is creamy white and shows light game use throughout. Black and gold Pirates colors run around the neck and sleeve openings. "PIRATES" arches across the front in gold and black. The back features Haddix's number "31" in those same Pirates colors. All lettering and numbers appear original to the jersey and the tagging identifies this as a World Series issued uniform as opposed to a regular season set. The Rawlings tagging in the front left tail has a size "40" label which corresponds to Haddix's height and weight in 1960. Beneath the tagging is "Haddix" and "31 60" in black chain stitching. The name combined with the number and year match the way a confirmed Bill Mazeroski World Series jersey was tagged. Regular season examples feature the player number above the two-digit year without a player name. These distinctive features make this already magnificent jersey all he more extraordinary as it was worn on the field during the most exciting World Series game in history. MEARS has thoroughly examined the Hall of Fame-worthy piece and given it their highest mark of A10. The uniform comes with a pair of matching Rawlings pants. The creamy white flannels have the Pirates gold and black trim running down the outside of each leg. White strip tags inside have "Haddix" and "31 33 27ins 60" in black chain stitching. Like the jersey, these pants show light game use. Although MEARS has graded these as Authentic, they are believed to have been worn with the jersey during that 1960 Series. Rounding out the ensemble is the black and cream colored Rawlings made 3/4 sleeve shirt Haddix wore under his uniform vest along with the trademark black and gold bumble bee stripped stirrups with Haddix's #31 stitched into them. As stated above, MEARS has given this uniform set a complete examination and comparing it against existing examples in their vast database confirmed it to have been worn by the winning pitcher in Game 7 of the 1960 World Series. Letter of Authenticity from MEARS who gave the jersey their highest grade of A10. The Uniform comes directly from the house of Harvey Haddix where it was displayed in his basement with a LOA from his wife.

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Minimum Bid: $7,500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $13,200.00
Number Bids: 8
Auction closed on Sunday, October 30, 2016.
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