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It's possible that the Philadelphia Phillies' tradition of donning green uniforms each year for St. Patrick's Day dates to the late 70s, when colorful relief pitcher Tug McGraw died his uniform and socks green, and attempted to wear them on the field on March 17 of 1977 - but was rebuffed by the umpire until he changed.  Beginning in 1986, however, the Phillies began wearing green-and-white uniforms to commemorate St. Patrick's Day - a tradition that continues to this day.  The luck of the Irish was with the Phillies that day, as they beat the Mets by a 5-4 margin on a pinch hit single by Joe Lefebvre.

Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt enjoyed the game from the dugout that day, taking extra care to nurse a back injury.  Schmidt made his first appearance of the spring the following day.  The cautious approach paid off, as Schmidt would go on to post an MVP season in 1986, batting .290 with 37 home runs and 119 runs batted in, winning a Gold Glove in the process.  The Hall of Famer finished his career with 548 lifetime home runs, and is, by most accounts, the greatest third baseman to ever play.

Presented here is Schmidt's entire uniform ensemble from that day, right down to the belt: The Wilson Size 44 jersey has been signed inside the collar in blue Sharpie, as is the green, nylon Phillies cap.  Though Schmidt did not appear in the game, he clearly wore the uniform and worked out - the inner collar of the jersey exhibits staining from sweat, the right knee of the pants is clearly stained with infield dirt.  The Phillies actually took a team photo in these uniforms that is featured in the 1986 team yearbook.

Originally attributed to the collection of hobbyist Barry Halper and featured as part of the remarkable auction in which his collection was sold, we have elected to keep the Halper Collection tagging affixed to the various uniform components for reasons of provenance.  The entire uniform has been submitted to Dave Grob at SGC for review, and has been assigned the company's highest grade of Superior.  An exceptional full uniform, worn on a single occasion by one of the greatest players to ever play, in the first year of his team's longstanding tradition of recognizing the great Irish holiday.

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1986 Mike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies St. Patrick's Day Full Uniform - MVP Season - Grob/SGC
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Auction closed on Sunday, December 1, 2019.
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