Spring, 2017 Premier Auction - Closes April 1, 2017
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Pitcher/outfielder Dick Hall posted a lifetime ERA of just 3.32, primarily as a relief pitcher between 1955 and 1971.  While Hall spentnine of those 16 seasons with the Orioles, four with the Pirates and two with the Phillies, on December 9, 1959 as a young Pirate he found himself traded to the Kansas City A's for Hal Smith.  He spent the 1960 season with the Athletics, posting a record of 8-13 with a 4.05 ERA in 182 innings (the most innings he ever pitched in a season), before being traded to Baltimore that offseason.

Presented here is Hall's 1960 Kansas City A's home jersey, a beautiful Wilson flannel, size 44 button-down jersey.  A fantastic specimen, with clear stitching on the tail that attributes the jersey to Hall, and Hall's signature above the stitching in black felt tip.  The jersey has been authenticated by MEARS, who deducted two points for staining and thinning on the jersey front consistent with its use, two points for restoration work performed on the front, and two points for what they deemed a modern replacement number on the reverse.

After speaking with noted jersey collector Phil Wood, who has consulted on uniform authentication with the Baseball Hall of Fame, we dispute the conclusion that the numbers on the back are modern replacements.  They are well-worn, clearly not of the same felt as the other patches on the jersey but not what we would call "modern."  In addition, Wood has consulted with the former Athletics equipment manager who advised him that Athletics jerseys were purchased directly from Wilson, but without numbers - the ballclub elected to have numbers stitched on locally, which would account for the difference in felt between the front and back.

Regardless, what is not questioned is the authenticity of the jersey itself, a gorgeous vintage flannel worn by a pitcher with a lengthy tenure in the majors, including one brief season with the Kansas City Athletics.  Full LOA from MEARS.

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1960 Dick Hall Kansas City Athletics Game-Worn Flannel Jersey (MEARS A4)
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Auction closed on Sunday, April 2, 2017.
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