The only known home white jersey that Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax is known to have worn at famed Ebbets Field could bring $1 million or more in Heritage Auctions
' Summer Platinum Night Sports Collectibles Catalog Auction Aug. 29-30.
A few home Koufax jerseys from the years after the Dodgers moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles, and a couple of grey road jerseys from before the move have reached the auction block before. But this 1956 Sandy Koufax Game Worn & Signed Brooklyn Dodgers Jersey, MEARS A9 (estimate: $1,000,000+) is the only jersey known to exist that Koufax wore while pitching at Ebbets Field.
Getting a jersey from Koufax is not just another garment from generations past. More than half a century after he threw his last Major League pitch in 1955, many still consider him the greatest left-handed pitcher who ever lived. Said former Dodgers scout Al Campanis, "There are two times in my life the hair on my arms has stood up: the first time I saw the Sistine Chapel, and the first time I saw Sandy Koufax throw a fastball." When Campanis watched Koufax's fastball, the Dodgers immediately offered the young southpaw a contract.
"Teams generally issued two road jerseys and two home jerseys each season, meaning this is one of six home Brooklyn jerseys ever made for Koufax," Heritage Auctions Vice President Dan Imler said. "That this is the only survivor of that group is more significant than merely a jersey from a great player. Koufax was born and raised just a few miles from Ebbets Field, and the Dodgers personified the diverse Brooklyn borough in which they played. The same team that helped Jackie Robinson break the sport's color barrier also made a star of a local kid from the neighborhood in Sandy Koufax."
As Koufax navigated a 12-year career that ended with him becoming the youngest player ever enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, his overwhelming talent shaped the national perception of him and broke down cultural barriers. Like Robinson, Koufax initially represented an under-represented demographic in the game: once viewed as the local Jewish player from the neighborhood around Ebbets Field, his utter domination of the game's best hitters earned him the nickname "The Left Arm of God."
The sleeves are cut short in a style similar to that which Koufax wears in the official 1956 team photo. Otherwise, the jersey remains in fine condition and features Koufax's autograph and the words "1956 Brooklyn Dodgers" in Koufax's hand.