One of the foremost expert collectors of Phillies memorabilia, our consignor Larry Haines leaves no stone unturned in his research. Case in point: Haines has painstakingly determined this cold-weather dugout jacket was not only a one-year style, but indeed a one-World Series style! Throughout 1949 and 1950, Phils players heated themselves up in red jackets with "Phillies" on the back. Then 1951 up to 1969 saw leather sleeves. Only the Whiz Kids' World Series appearance employed this special all-red version with the white "P" and blank back. What's more, the offered example belonged to none other than Rowdy Russ Meyer, a.k.a. the Mad Monk. One of the more colorful characters in baseball history, Meyer was infamous for his tantrums, brawls and extracurricular activities. There was even the temporary "Meyer Rule" banning dugout cameras after Russ was suspended for being filmed on a national TV broadcast while grabbing his crotch as a show of disrespect for umpire Augie Donatelli. The Monk appeared in two games that 1950 Fall Classic, and his well-made jacket features thick wool lining, satin interior zipper lining, leather pocket trim, and nice ribbed collar, cuffs, shoulders and waist. Number "34" is chain-stitched on a tag inside the tail, while Wilson size-46 tagging appears inside the collar. Extremely well-preserved with light overall wear attributable to postseason use and most likely later personal use.
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.