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Gerry Schoen 1968 Washington Senators Game-Worn Home Ensemble

Lot Number 903

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One of 504 big league pitchers (as of this printing) whose career lasted but one outing, Gerry Schoen was given the nod on September 14, 1968 against the New York Yankees. Offered is the Washington Senators home uniform worn by the Louisiana-born right-hander for that “audition” of little consequence. Includes: Jersey a cream-colored flannel button-down garment with a blue pinstripe pattern, “Senators” angled across the chest in red-on-blue double twill and “9” sewn to the back in like fashion. On the left front tail, a laundering instructions tag is sewn atop a chain-stitched “68” and Schoen’s black marker signature (“6-7” strength). Within the collar, a partially detached and frayed “Rawlings” label denotes size “46.” The jersey shows nice game wear throughout, and the number has been changed, as the outline of Schoen’s “19” is visible; Pants cream-colored flannel leg wear with a blue pinstripe pattern, a one-button zippered fly, six belt hoops and two cotton-lined back pockets. Within the cotton-lined waistband, a “Rawlings” size “36” label is accompanied by a lengthy strip tag with embroidered identifiers that read “36 19 28 ins 68.” The pants show moderate wear, and the elasticity remains at the leg openings. LOA from renowned Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area uniform expert Phil Wood. More on our website.

This ensemble comes from the estate of a former Washington Senators scout, which sheds light on the number change from Schoen’s “19” to “9.” When Ted Williams became the Senators’ manager in 1969, Senators scouts throughout the country ran regional tryout camps and wore Williams’ number “9,” perhaps as a reminder that they were minions of the opinionated field manager. There are several other pre-1969 uniforms in the hobby that feature the same digit but like this one, are too small to have been worn by Williams in spring training 1969 when the club wore the 1968 uniforms. There are numerous photos of Williams wearing the pinstripe uniform in Florida during spring training, but by that time he was wearing a size “50” jersey.

As for the pants, there is a vintage black marker notation of “PARCH” on the waistband’s interior, suggesting that the garment was issued to farmhand Bob Parchem, a left-handed pitcher who spent part of the 1969 spring training session with the parent club.

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