One of what the company says is just three known Harmon Killebrew game worn Washington Senators jerseys is being offered in the Lelands.com auction, running now through December 16.
“This is a rare treasure--one of the greatest jerseys from one of the greatest home run hitters of all time,” says Mike Heffner, president, Lelands.com, which says its jersey is the only one that has been matched to photos of the late slugger wearing it. “We absolutely classify it as the finest of the three Harmon Killebrew Washington Senators jerseys known to exist.”
The home pinstripe jersey has "Senators" in script across the front and original Talon zipper in working order and features the very rare original Senators mascot patch on the left sleeve. On the back is number "3" with a team repair at the bottom of the number but Lelands says it is all original. The name "Killebrew" is visible on a swatch in the collar, and there is Wilson size 44 and "1959" tagging on the front tail. There is some marker writing inside the front tail that is very faded. The jersey comes with what Lelands says is a photo of Killebrew wearing the exact jersey, two years before the franchise moved to the Twin Cities.
Signed by the Washington Senators at the age of 17,Killebrew became known as one of major league baseball’s most elite power hitters, amassing 573 home runs during his 22 year career, including at least 40 for eight consecutive seasons. The length of Killebrew’s blasts were almost mythical, as he has been credited with some of the most majestic tape-measure shots ever recorded, including a 520-foot bomb at Minnesota's old Metropolitan Stadium (the longest to date in Twin history) and a rooftop shot at Tiger Stadium. Regarded as a kind and gentle man, Killebrew’s name was immortalized with his election into the Cooperstown Hall of Fame in 1984. He died earlier this year after a short illness.
Other baseball highlights in the auction include:
- Barry Bonds 1986 Pittsburgh Pirates Rookie Jersey worn for his first major league home run
- Alex Rodriguez 2003 Game Used Batting Helmet
- New York Giants’ Daryl Spencer’s 1956 Game Worn Jersey
- Albert Pujols 2004-05 Game Used Bat
- Billy Gardner’s 1955 New York Giants Game Worn Jersey