Southpaw Mike Kekich was a journeyman pitcher who fired fastballs for five of his nine MLB seasons for the New York Yankees (1969-73). Standing 6’ 1” tall, Kekich started 14 games for the Bronx Bombers in 1970 and posted a 6-3 record (his best win-loss percentage, .667) with a 4.53 ERA. He also fanned 63 batters that season over 98.2 innings pitched. The Yankees finished the season in second place in the A.L. East division standings with a regular-season record of 93-69, a full 15 games behind the eventual World Series Champion Baltimore Orioles (108-54).
This lot features Kekich’s 1970 New York Yankees game-worn home jersey.
The blue-pinstriped white flannel includes proper “Spalding” manufacturer’s tagging on the left front tail next to a sewn-on [size] 44 tag positioned just above a blue chain-stitched “70” to reflect the season in question. A washing instructions “DO NOT DRY CLEAN” tag is also on the left front tail with an attached flag tag reading “SET 1 #8P 1970.” The inside rear collar includes a cloth nameplate reading “Kekich” in blue chain-stitched script. The Yankees iconic “NY” blue felt emblem measuring 5.5” tall adorns the left front breast area. On the reverse can be found Woods’ uniform number 18, also in blue felt, stretching 7.25” tall. The jersey shows moderate use with all seven original button down the front intact. Overall it is impeccably preserved with only slight fraying showing on the uniform number. Four manufactured air holes exist underneath each armpit. A vintage New York Yankees flannel is up for bid.
Part of the esteemed Delbert Mickel estate collection.