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Offered is an authentic Ebbets Field corridor sign for “Abe Stark”, “Brooklyn’s Leading Clothier” with the memorable “Hit Sign, Win Suit” promotional tag. The 6 x 48-inch brown wood sign is painted in yellow on the front with the caption painted in black and white. This is reportedly one of four or five signs that were in the corridor to promote the contest as this was sourced from a collector who acuired this piece in 1960 while Ebbets Field was being demolished. The left and right side of the sign is painted with “G.G.G.” in black script. The G.G.G. on the sign were representative of Abe Stark's top of the line suit. There is a painted black arrow with white paint captioned “Hit Sign Win Suit” at the left, and a painted black arrow with white paint captioned “Brooklyn’s Leading Clothier featuring” at the right. In the center are 2 x 4-inch painted black serif letters reading “Abe Stark”, with the store’s address, “1514 Pitkin Ave.” painted in black sans serif. Stark's name first became familiar because of the advertising gimmick for his clothing store, a sign placed directly under the Ebbets Field scoreboard in right-center field in 1931 and seen by millions in movie newsreels and then on television. Any player who hit the sign on the fly would get a free suit from his store. Due to the excellent fielding of Brooklyn Dodgers right fielders Dixie Walker and Carl Furillo, Stark awarded very few suits. it has been reported that 5 or 6 of these signs were hanging inside ebbets field. It has been said that, as long as the sign was up, the only opposing player to hit it on a fly was Mel Ott of the arch-rival New York Giants, who did it twice. It has also been said that, upon the suggestion of a customer who pointed out how many free suits Furillo saved Stark from having to give away, Stark gave Furillo a free suit. However, according to teammate Duke Snider, Furillo received only a pair of slacks.

Ebbets Field Abe Stark Brooklyns Leading Clothier "Hit Sign, Win Suit" Sign
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Minimum Bid: $400.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $1,560.00
Number Bids: 14
Auction closed on Wednesday, May 20, 2020.
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