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1960 Mickey Mantle Game-Worn Undershirt With Johnny James LOA

Lot Number 464

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Obscured by his Hall of fame and superstar teammates, pitcher Johnny James managed to share some attire with a Cooperstown-bound icon. This New York Yankees undershirt was worn by Mickey Mantle prior to and during the 1960 season and subsequently passed on to James, who wore it during the early months of the 1960 campaign. The cream-colored flannel pullover garment features blue three-quarter sleeves and a three-button collar, whose interior is home to a vintage “Spalding” label. On the back, “MANTLE” is written in black marker and crossed out. Just below, “JAMES” is inscribed in black marker. These identifiers were rendered by clubhouse assistant Pete Previtte. The item shows heavy wear with holes at the armpits and a team repair on the left sleeve. An LOA from James attests to the item’s lineage.

James' LOA reads (in full):

"Legendary New York Yankees clubhouse man "Big Pete Sheehy" was the main man in charge of our locker room back when I played with the New York Yankees. In fact, the Yankee clubhouse was named after him many years later. Pete Sheehy also had a very well known clubhouse assistant named "Little Pete Previtte" who took care of various jobs and tasks for the players and team such as providing equipment for the players. "Little Pete" gave me several already game-used sweatshirts in late June or early July of 1960 for my use. After going through the laundry many times they would shrink. I was probably the smallest guy on the team, so I inherited some of them. One of those sweatshirts is this well-worn Mickey Mantle one where :Little Pete" crossed out Mickey's name and wrote mine to reassign the garment for my use.

"Little Pete" told me that it had been washed so many times from Mickey's use in past seasons and including much of 1960, that it no longer fit Mickey to his satisfaction and was reissued to me. I also wore this sweatshirt in games while with the Yankees that 1960 season before being assigned to Richmond at the end of July 1960. The sweatshirt was never altered by me, or the team, in any way, and is the exact same as it was when used by Mantle himself.

This Mantle/James sweatshirt, made by Spalding, has been in my personal collection since the summer of 1960 and I personally verify the authenticity of the item.

I hope that you enjoy it for your collection.


(signed) John James"

Only the 13th Idaho native to perform at the Major League level, James posted a stellar 5-1 mark for the 1960 Bronx Bombers.

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