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Baltimore Orioles 1969-1973 Game-Worn Jersey Lot of (3) - Phil Wood LOAs

Lot Number 693

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Birds of a feather flock together in this lot of (3) Baltimore Orioles game-worn jerseys! From an era during which the club ruled the American League East, these garments include: Dave Leonhard: 1969 road; Jim Fuller: 1972 road; Orlando Pena: 1973 road. LOA from Baltimore/Washington memorabilia expert Phil Wood. More on our website.

Dave Leonhard 1969 Baltimore Orioles Game-Worn Road Jersey: a gray flannel button-down garment with “Baltimore” angled across the chest in orange-on-black felt and a lengthy paraph accenting the city name. In like fashion, “70” is sewn to the back and left front. Black piping lines the collar and button path, while the collar’s interior is home to a gray felt swatch with embroidered identifiers reading “42 Set 2 69 40.” The tapered left front tail is home to a “Spalding” label, a size “42” tag and a laundering instructions tag. There are four holes (as tailored) under each arm to facilitate ventilation. The “7” felt numerals on the front and back are replacements, as Leonhard wore number “40” with the 1969 Orioles. Additionally, outlines remain from “LEONHARD” (which was arched atop the back number and removed when the jersey was re-issued for minor league or spring training use). The MBL silhouette logo 100th anniversary logo patch has been removed from the left sleeve. The script-style “Baltimore” and “0” felt identifiers are original to the jersey. Evidence of solid game wear is evident.

Did you know … ? Leonhard is one of only seven players in Major League Baseball history to have attended Johns Hopkins University. Coincidentally, Davey Johnson, a teammate of Leonhard’s with the Orioles, is one of the other six!  

 

Jim Fuller 1972 Baltimore Orioles Game-Worn Road Jersey: a gray knit button-down garment with “Baltimore” angled across the chest in orange-on-black felt and a lengthy paraph accenting the city name. In like fashion, “18” is sewn to the back and left front. Black-and-orange strength ribbed knit lines the collar, while the sleeve endings are lined with black-white-and-orange stretch ribbed cotton. The rear tail’s interior is home to a “Spalding” label and tags respectively denoting “72” and size “42.” The outline for “FULLER” remains atop the back number. It is likely that this shirt was tailored for Fuller in 1972, but not worn until spring training in 1973. Fuller did not debut with the parent club until September 10, 1973 but by that time, “Orioles” had replaced “Baltimore” on the club’s road jerseys. Excellent wear is evident. This is a rare and appealing survivor in that Orioles knit road gamers with “Baltimore” across the chest were short-lived!

 

Orlando Pena 1973 Baltimore Orioles Game-Worn Road Jersey: a gray knit button-down garment with “Orioles” angled across the chest in orange-on-black felt and a lengthy paraph accenting the city name. In like fashion, “29” is sewn to the back and left front. Black-and-orange strength ribbed knit lines the collar, while the sleeve endings are lined with black-white-and-orange stretch ribbed cotton. The cotton-lined collar is home to a “Wilson” size “40” label, while the tapered left front tail features a swatch with embroidered identifiers reading “73 Set 1.” An outline for “PENA” remains atop the back number. Team records indicate that Pena wore number “27” with the Orioles, yet this jersey shows no evidence of a number change. How many times (if at all) Pena wore this particular jersey is unknown, but in the opinion of Phil Wood, it’s clearly genuine.



 
 
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