Of all the commemorative and memorial sleeve patches in baseball's annals, the "1839-1939 Centennial" patch is arguably the most famous and iconic—no doubt largely due to its prominence in poignant photos from the final days of Lou Gehrig's career. As a result, 1939 game-worn jerseys command a vast premium in today's market, as evidenced by recent sales of examples from Joe Gordon ($31,000 in 2015) and Bob Feller ($26,000 in 2013). Add to those rare and valuable offerings this Hugh Mulcahy gamer—just one year before he made history as the first major-leaguer drafted into WWII.
Described by SABR biographer C. Paul Rogers as "one of the game's unluckiest ballplayers," Mulcahy was perennially hampered by the cellar-dwelling Phils' poor run production. Through sheer force of will, he still managed to make the 1940 All-Star Game...only to miss the next almost 5 prime seasons while gallantly serving in the armed services, as far away as New Guinea and the Philippines. Like Cecil Travis, Mulcahy unfortunately never returned to form and thus retired within three years. Though he did go on to a successful coaching tenure at the major and minor level.
Mulcahy's classic, grey-flannel jersey is of the highest quality with thick felt identifiers. It's a Spalding size-44 garment boasting "Mulcahy" chain-stitched inside the collar and "39" chain-stitched inside the back tail. Light overall wear.
Huggins and Scott is allowing the winning bidder 45 days from the date when payment is received to have the item independently authenticated. Payment must, however, be made within two weeks from the end of the auction. Huggins and Scott is not responsible for any authentication fees or shipping charges incurred by the winning bidder but H&S will refund the hammer price and buyer's premium if the item does not pass authentication with a reputable third party company.