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During the 1973 season, Dennis Clotworthy worked as the visiting team batboy at Tiger Stadium.  This means that for each Tigers home game, young Dennis would don the uniform of the visiting team and serve as their batboy.  Uniforms and caps were, of course, provided by each visiting team.  Over the course of his tenure with the Tigers, Dennis accumulated a collection of game-worn caps from each team in the American League.  That collection is presented here.  Each cap is a professional model, game worn by the team batboy and, in many cases, by an actual player.  Condition and any particular issues with caps are noted herein.

1) New York Yankees - KM brand cap, size 7 1/4.  Outstanding condition, very little signs of use or wear.  2) Detroit Tigers - New Era brand cap, size 7 1/2.  Well-worn cap, with significant staining and discoloration along the interior band, as well as the inner brim.  The number 9 has been written on the inner brim in marker, suggesting possible use by outfielder/infielder Ike Brown, who wore number 9 in 1972 and 1973.  Cap is slightly dusty from display.  3) Boston Red Sox - KM brand cap, size 7 1/8.  Outstanding condition, very little signs or use.  4) Baltimore Orioles - Wilson brand cap, size 7 1/4.  Presents well, with slight discoloration to the orange brim and squatchee, and moderate signs of wear on the inner band.  5) California Angels - KM Brand cap, size 7 1/8.  Signs of moderate wear, mostly in the form of some staining on the brim and squatchee, along with some loose threads.  The number 3 has been written in marker on the inner brim, suggesting possible use by infielder Rudy Meoli, who wore number 3 in 1973.  6) Milwaukee Brewers - KM brand cap, size 7 3/8.  Excellent condition, some signs of wear and dustiness from display.  The number 21 has been written in marker on the inner brim, suggesting use by either outfielder Curt Motton (who wore number 21 in 1972) or infielder John Vukovich (who wore number 21 in 1973).  7) Oakland A's - KM brand cap, size 7 1/8.  Signs of extensive use and wear, including discoloration to the brim and roughness to the cap's inner band.  The squatchee is missing, though the cap still presents well.  8) Chicago White Sox - Wilson brand cap (size tag removed) attributed to pitcher Wilbur Wood.  Extensive signs of use including staining and discoloration throughout.  The number 28 has been written in marker on the inner brim.  9) Kansas City Royals - New Era brand cap, size 7 1/8.  Outstanding condition, some dustiness from display.  Very little evidence of wear.  10) Texas Rangers - New Era brand cap, size 7.  Extensive evidence of use, including staining on the inner brim and discoloration throughout.  11) Cleveland Indians - New Era brand cap, size tag worn/removed.  Well-worn, with moderate staining to the inner brim and band.  The number 7 has been written in marker on the inner brim, suggesting use by infielder Jack Brohamer (who wore number 7 in 1972) or catcher John Ellis (who wore number 7 in 1973).  12) Minnesota Twins - New Era cap, size tag removed.  Cap is dusty from display and shows signs of moderate use, including some loose threads as well as staining around the inner band and brim.  The number 9 has been written on the inner brim, suggesting use by outfielder Charlie Manuel (who wore number 9 in 1972) or outfielder Larry Hisle (who wore number 9 in 1973).  

A wonderful collection of game-worn hats, representing each team in the American League in 1973, Dennis Clotworthy's season as visiting team batboy at Tiger Stadium.  12 hats total.

Incredible 1970s Game-Worn Cap Collection (12) - One From Each A.L. Team!
Incredible 1970s Game-Worn Cap Collection (12) - One From Each A.L. Team!
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Auction closed on Sunday, June 12, 2016.
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