Unrivaled at seeking and securing talent from all points on the map, the New York Yankees struck gold in San Francisco in 1929, plucking Vernon “Lefty” Gomez from the Pacific Coast League more than five years before acquiring Joe DiMaggio from that same club. Lanky and uncertain early on, Gomez beefed up physically and competitively, going on to a 13-year tenure in pinstripes, where he won 189 games and posted a 6-0 World Series mark. Simultaneously “classic” in regard to Bronx Bombers apparel, Hall of Fame memorabilia and vintage flannel attire, this New York Yankees home jersey was worn by Gomez during the 1941 campaign, his penultimate season with the franchise.
A single glance conjures up thoughts of Yankee Stadium, its wrought iron façade and lineups listing legendary performers such as Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Dickey, Lazzeri (to name a few) and Gomez, the wearer of this cream-colored flannel button-down garment. Accented by a blue pinstripe pattern, the jersey features a vintage “A.G. Spalding & Bros” label, a size “44” tag and “V Gomez” chain stitched within the collar. The rear tail’s interior is home to a “41” designator, which is stitched in red numerals. Moderate to heavy game wear is evident and the “NY” felt logo has long-since been removed from the left breast. Additionally, “18” is sewn to the back, where visible outlines of “11” (Gomez's number from 1932-1942) remain. An American flag-themed “Health” patch is sewn to the left sleeve. The latter detail, coupled with the number change, indicate that the jersey was recycled in the minor leagues (the aforementioned patch was worn throughout professional baseball from 1942-1945). There are six holes (as tailored) under each arm to facilitate ventilation. The bottom button is missing, there are three tiny holes (one on each flap of the button path; and one on the lower rear tail) and there is a vintage team repair to the back of the collar.
Pitching batting practice as a rookie in 1929, Gomez stood on the mound as Babe Ruth stepped into the batter’s box. Teammate Waite Hoyt brushed past and said: “Nothing but fastballs right down the pipe. Don’t get cute, kid. And for God’s sake, don’t hit him or you’re gone.” Intimidated or not, Gomez made good on his suitors’ appraisal, was the winning pitcher and drove in the first run of the inaugural All-Star Game, and went on to help power the team to five World Series titles. In summary, this jersey is a priceless artifact from a glorious era in Yankees history. Full photo LOA from Dave Miedema. This item has a reserve (estimated value: $10,000-$15,000).