New York Yankees road jersey worn by outfielder Roger Maris during his 1960 MVP season. This jersey has been evaluated by both SGC and MEARS. SGC has graded the jersey Excellent/Superior and MEARS has graded the jersey A7.5. Roger Maris New York Yankees jerseys are rare. This is the first example we have ever offered and we have seen fewer than five others at auction in the past 20 years. The fact that this jersey dates to his first year with the Yankees, not to mention his first of two consecutive MVP seasons, makes it one of the most historically significant examples imaginable. The gray flannel jersey is lettered "New York" across the front and features the number "9" on the reverse. All letters and numerals are appliquéd in navy felt. The player's name and year ("Maris 1960") are chain-stitched in black upon a white strip tag on the left front tail. A "Wilson 44" label is also located on the left front tail. Both SGC and MEARS note that the jersey is original as issued, with no alterations, except for the possible replacement of a single, chipped button. The jersey displays moderate-to-heavy use, including light, scattered staining on the front and reverse.
On December 11, 1959, the Yankees and Kansas City Athletics announced that they had competed a trade which sent Roger Maris, Joe DeMaestri, and Kent Hadley to the Yankees in exchange for Hank Bauer, Don Larsen, Norm Siebern, and Marv Throneberry. Today, that transaction is widely considered to be the most lopsided trade in baseball history. The Yankees viewed Maris, who was a good outfielder, with power at the plate, as a player who could benefit from Yankee Stadium's short right-field porch and protection in their powerful lineup. That assessment proved to be spot on. Batting third, with Mantle behind him in the lineup, Maris quickly established himself as one of the game's premier players. Maris batted .283 with 39 home runs and a league-leading 112 RBI during his first year in the Bronx. Those numbers not only helped the Yankees capture the pennant, but also led to Maris being named the American League Most Valuable Player at season's end. The following season Maris exceeded all expectations by breaking Ruth's long-standing single-season home-run record with 61, and once again was named the American League MVP, thereby becoming one of only a few players to win the award in back-to-back seasons. Considered one of the greatest players in New York Yankees history, Maris' uniform number was retired by the Yankees in 1984 and his plaque is displayed at Monument Park amongst the other Yankees immortals. Graded Excellent/Superior by SGC. Graded A7.5 by MEARS (base grade of 10, with 2 points deducted for the light staining and a half point deduced for the chipped/replaced button). LOA from Dave Grob/SGC and Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $15,000. Estimate $30,000+.