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In 1977, Lynchburg, VA native Ken Clay made the big leagues. Little did he know what was in store for him. The 6’3” right handed pitcher was now playing in the Big Apple. Thurman Munson, the New York Yankee’s team captain and catcher, took special note of the young pitcher. Munson served as a mentor to the young pitcher.
Ken Clay needed a big brother. New York City was experiencing a record breaking heat wave, and “The Son of Sam” killer was on the loose. Reggie Jackson played his first season in pinstripes. Billy Martin was the manager, and the Yankees went to the World Series.
The Yankees were playing the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Reggie Jackson hit 3 homeruns in game 6 to give New York the World Championship. Besides being a witness to the crazy season, Ken Clay recorded a win to contribute to the Yankees historic season.
Not certain if he would be back due to a regular season record of 2-3, the young pitcher from Virginia realized the importance of his current team and the players that made the franchise legendary. Friendly with team captain Thurman Munson, Ken Clay asked the captain for his jacket during game 6 of the 1977 World Series. Munson gladly obliged, and granted his permission. Ken Clay then relayed the message to legendary Yankee Clubhouse manager Pete Sheehy and Nick Priore, and the retrieved they jacket for Ken. Clay was now the proud owner of Thurman Munson’s 1977 Season & World Series Jacket.
Manufactured by the Aladen Athletic Wear Corp, this jacket is documented as being correct as worn by the Yankees during the period. In the collar, in vintage black marker is Munson’s uniform number 15. Examination reveals the number is 100% original and period the label. Jacket remains in excellent condition while exhibiting solid wear, with no tears or staining.
A notarized letter from Ken Clay accompanies this lot. One of most historically significant Thurman Munson items to enter the marker. LOA Ken Clay, MEARS Auctions.
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