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Over the years, we have had the pleasure of spending many hours with former broadcaster and supercollector Ted Patterson; Ted would regale us with stories about the various players that he interacted with over the course of his illustrious career.  Often, we would ask open-ended questions like "Who was the nicest player you knew?" or "Who did you like the best?"

Every question had a different answer, but each had the same caveat: "Besides Brooks Robinson and Bob Feller."

Patterson counted Feller as one of the kindest and most friendly players he'd ever encountered, and his collection reflected that.  Dozens and dozens of signed items, baseball cards, photos, magazine covers, and scorecards illustrated Patterson's admiration for the Hall of Fame pitcher.  Most prized, however, was this full uniform, long on display in a dedicated section of Ted's collection.  Though Patterson was always clear that the uniform wasn't a player's uniform, a vintage flannel uniform belonging to the fireballing Hall of Famer was still a prize amidst a world class collection.

Feller retired at the end of the 1956 season, though he continued to pitch throughout his life, even throwing in an exhibition game at 90 years old.  Long after his playing career ended, Feller served as a PR spokesperson for the Indians, making promotional appearances in minor league cities, and coaching Indians pitchers during spring training.  In January of 1958 he signed a contract to scout for the Indians, and continued pitching batting practice in major league parks throughout the 1958 season. An article in the March, 1958 Baltimore Sun stated that Feller intended to pitch batting practice in about 70 games per season - the sentence at the close of the article stated "Indians General Manager Frqank Lane cooperated with the plan immediately by ordering two uniforms with the familiar "19" on the back for Feller's use."

This is, ostensibly, one of those uniforms.  A 1958 MacGregor road uniform, the size 44 jersey and pants are both in outstanding condition, all lettering and patches intact.  MEARS has assigned the uniform a perfect grade of A10.  A tremendous post-career document of Feller's continued baseball activity, a frequently-worn uniform from one of the game's greatest pitchers and ambassadors.

Outstanding 1958 Bob Feller Cleveland Indians Post-Career Flannel Road Uniform - MEARS A10Outstanding 1958 Bob Feller Cleveland Indians Post-Career Flannel Road Uniform - MEARS A10Outstanding 1958 Bob Feller Cleveland Indians Post-Career Flannel Road Uniform - MEARS A10Outstanding 1958 Bob Feller Cleveland Indians Post-Career Flannel Road Uniform - MEARS A10Outstanding 1958 Bob Feller Cleveland Indians Post-Career Flannel Road Uniform - MEARS A10Outstanding 1958 Bob Feller Cleveland Indians Post-Career Flannel Road Uniform - MEARS A10
Outstanding 1958 Bob Feller Cleveland Indians Post-Career Flannel Road Uniform - MEARS A10
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Minimum Bid: $1,000
Final prices include buyers premium.: $2,640
Number Bids: 8
Auction closed on Sunday, April 12, 2020.
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