A veteran with 12 full seasons under his belt, switch-hitting second baseman Red Schoendienst was dealt from Harlem to his native Midwest in a June 15, 1957 transaction. Hitting at a .307 clip through 57 games with the Giants that season, Schoendienst made the seamless transition and hit .310 over 93 games with the Braves, pacing the Senior Circuit with 200 hits. As good as it gets in the realm of game-worn and Hall of Fame memorabilia, this New York Giants home jersey was worn and autographed by Schoendienst during the early portion of that 1957 season, the club’s last at the Polo Grounds before departing to the left coast. The cream-colored flannel button-down garment features “GIANTS” arched across the chest in black-on-orange felt, with “7” sewn to the back in like fashion. Black-and-orange piping lines the collar and sleeve endings. On the tapered left front tail, a “Tim McAuliffe” label is accompanying by a size “42” tag and an embroidered “57” identifier. Within the collar, “Schondienst” (sic) is chain stitched on a swatch. On the left front, Schoendienst has signed in black marker. The lengthy scripting runs nine inches and projects (“8-9”) strength and clarity. There are four holes (as tailored) under each sleeve to facilitate ventilation. All original and unaltered, this tried and true gamer shows excellent game wear with two small team repairs on the back, one button replacement, as well as partial separation along the angled edge of the “7.” This applies to some of the orange felt only, as the number remains securely sewn. Of note is that the jersey has undergone a number change, as the "7" replaced a "10." This is consistent with Schoendienst's tenure in New York, as he was issued number "10" upon being traded to the Giants in 1956. The following season, Tommy Henrich joined the club in a coaching capacity and was issued number "7." Early that season, Henrich switched from "7" to "2" (likely to remain consistent with Giants coaches, who wore numbers "1, 2 and 3") and Schoendienst switched from "10" to "7." This is truly a gem in the circles of diamond artifacts, as it simultaneously represents a Hall of Fame second baseman and his former team’s final season in its storied setting. Accompanying are full photo LOAs from Phil Wood (for jersey authenticfity) and JSA (for autograph authenticity).
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