Eighty years ago, he was just getting started as a big league manager, placed in charge of the hapless National League franchise in Boston. Now, a game-worn jersey from Casey Stengel’s tenure there is going up for sale.
Heritage Auctions will offer a rare 1938 Boston Bees Stengel jersey in its Summer Platinum Auction, where it’s expected to sell for $40,000 or more.
Stengel’s #31 pinstriped jersey dates to that five-year span when new owner Emil Fuchs opted to change the team’s name from Braves to Bees. While Stengel led the club to a winning season in ’38, the new moniker would be abandoned by World War II. Stengel lasted until 1943, when he was fired. Of course, it wouldn’t be his last crack at managing and just six years later, he’d begin a remarkable run of piloting the Yankees to ten pennants.
The Bees wore this style of jersey for only the one season.
According to Heritage, the jersey remains original to the era with no alterations. Despite a few moth holes and a slight fabric separation to the “B” logo, the jersey is in excellent condition and has been rated A9 with an authentication letter from MEARS. The interior collar is tagged “Horace Partridge Co. Athletic Goods” and has Stengel’s name stitched below it. The jersey last sold at auction five years ago when it netted over $45,000.
Images of Stengel wearing the jersey appear in the MEARS paperwork.
Auction bidding will begin in late July and close August 18-19.