Fall Premier Auction 2013
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This remarkable circa 1936 Carl Hubbell game-worn jacket carries with it the weight of dramatic historical significance, traced to a time when Hubbell and the Giants ruled the National League during much of the Great Depression. A letter of provenance from Sheehan's son notes how this single-game veteran (September 26, 1936) of the Bigs managed to acquire a jacket once belonging to Hubbell, the great Hall of Famer and two-time National League MVP who was the heart and soul of the legendary Giants teams in the 1930's. The classic styling is apparent in photography dating from 1932 to 1941, pinpointing Hubbell's ownership to some time between the style's first appearance and its acquisition by Sheehan.
"Giants" is spelled across the chest in red and white felt, and three of the original seven buttons on the chest remain. Patriotic red, white and blue elasticized ribbing at the collar and waist exhibit expected wear, but the navy wool body remains in superb condition for its age. "Freeman Mfg." label appears at interior pocket. There is no size tag inside, but the jacket measures 26 inches across the chest, proper for Hubbell's 6-1, 170-lb.frame.
Beyond the letter of provenance, ownership by "King Carl" is proven by an ancient No. "11" penned at interior of the elasticized collar, barely clinging to legibility but clearly vintage. The jacket has received a MEARS "Authentic" designation; the jacket's possible legacy including the Giant's World Championship season of 1933, which was also Hubbell's first MVP campaign.
Letters of Authenticity are included from MEARS and James Sheehan Jr., son of Hubbell teammate Jim Sheehan Sr., who played in the Giants organization from 1930-36, including a brief major league appearance in 1936.