The fastest in the modern area to reach 1,000 hits, Chuck Klein needed just 683 games. He holds the 4th-highest single-season mark for total bases (445) and the all-time record for outfield assists (44). He ranks as one of the best players to ever play for one of the worst teams, which prompted Red Smith to comment that "the Philadelphia newspapers of the early ‘30s kept a headline standing in type to eliminate the expense of constant resetting. It read: 'Klein hits two as Phils lose.'" The oft-overlooked HOFer's personal effects are offered here, along with his endorsed equipment.
Retail Endorsement Items: 1-3) Trio of career-contemporary, Klein-model gloves (VG to EX; one Higgins Co., two unidentifiable). 4) Full-size Klein-model Louisville Slugger bat (EX). 5) Pair of Klein-model spikes (VG-EX). Personal Worn Garments: 1) Spalding white-and-blue, long-sleeve undershirt with "KLEIN" written across the shoulder blades (heavy age wear to collar area). 2-4) Three pairs of white sock liners (soiling/staining), two pairs of which are notated with Klein's number "26." Email LOAs from Larry Haines and Chuck Klein's nephew Chuck Torpey attesting to the undershirt and sock liners having been a gift form Klein to Eugene Torpey in the late 1930s.