As we recall the magnificent career of Cooperstown-bound hurler Pedro Martinez, it’s pretty clear that he was his opponents’ “daddy” all along. This Boston Red Sox home jersey was worn by Martinez during the 2002 season, a campaign after which he was deserving but mysteriously snubbed for what would have been his fourth Cy Young Award. The white knit button-down garment features twill identifiers and proper “Russell Athletic” tagging. Light wear is evident. As for the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s oversight, Martinez led the league in ERA (2.26), winning percentage (.833), strikeouts (293) and WHIP (0.923) in 2002, yet was the only pitcher ever to lead all four categories and not win the Cy Young Award. Full photo LOA from Dave Miedema. More on our website.
The white knit button-down garment features “RED SOX” arched across the chest in red-on-blue twill and “45” sewn to the back in like fashion. Red piping lines the collar and button path, while an MLB silhouette logo is sewn atop the back. On the left front tail, a “Russell Athletic” label is accompanied by a “2002” strip tag, a “3” Extra Length” tag and a size “46” fabric content tag. The jersey was made with specially tailored underarm gussets and was worn pre-July 5, as no Ted Williams tributes (armband and number “9”) are present, nor is there any evidence of those decorations having been there. All original and unaltered, the Fenway apparel shows light wear with stains on the right sleeve and near the left side seam.