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The 1981 MLB season will always be remembered for the players’ strike that saw the cancellation of 713 games of the regular season. Pete Rose was making his way up the hit list, and next on his target was Hall of Famer Stan Musial and the National League Hit Record. After an agreement was reached between the players' union and ownership on July 31, the first game back was the All-Star Game in Montreal on Aug. 9. One day later, Pete Rose and the Philadelphia Phillies took on the St. Louis Cardinals—Musial’s former team—at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia. Rose, who came into the game tied with Musial with 3,630 hits, led off the bottom of the eighth inning with a single to left field off of Cardinals’ pitcher Mark Littell, effectively passing Stan the Man with his 3,631st hit. Presented is the full Philadelphia Phillies home uniform that the newly anointed “Hit King” wore during his record-breaking game on Aug. 10, 1981. Accompanied by a letter from Sports Investors Authentication, the jersey has been photo matched to the June 10, Aug. 10, and Oct. 11 games. June 10 was the day in which Rose tied Musial and Oct. 11 was Game 5 of the NLDS against the Montreal Expos. Sports Investors also photo matched this jersey to other undated images from the 1981 season, plus a Grecian Formula television commercial that Rose appeared in. This offering provides one of the rare instances in which both the jersey and pants have both been photo-matched to the record-breaking game. Originally, the record breaking hit #3631 uniform was believed to be displayed in Cooperstown at the National Baseball Hall of Fame since the early 1980’s. However, after this offered uniform surfaced a few years ago, the Hall of Fame promptly took down their display realizing the uniform in its possession and displayed for almost 40 years, was not the correct uniform. This offering includes an additional LOA from Sports Investors Authentification providing a negative photo-match on the jersey that was displayed at the Baseball Hall of Fame. Their letter concludes “Given all the evidence presented, it is the considered opinion of Sports Investors Authentication that the jersey sold on September 28, 1981 and that is now displayed in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is not the jersey Pete Rose was wearing when he passed Stan Musial for the most career hits in the National League.” The offering is also accompanied by an email exchange with the Senior Curator at the Baseball HOF stating, “More recent research that we conducted revealed that the jersey and pants in our collection did not match that worn by Rose when he collected hit #3,631.” This additional evidence leaves no doubt that the jersey in this offering and not the one originally displayed at the Baseball HOF is the true record-breaking uniform. On the front left tail of the white pinstripe knit Wilson jersey, is the Wilson label with wash instructions and size (44). Below is a set tag with ‘81 1’ stitched in black. Inside the back of the collar is a strip tag with ‘Rose’ stitched in cursive in black. Player number (14) on the front right midsection as well as the back, Phillies ‘P’ on the front left midsection and player name (ROSE) on a white nameplate across the back - all done in maroon tackle twill. Inside the back of the waistband of the pants is the Wilson label with wash instructions and size (33) stitched in black. Adjacent is a set tag with ‘Rose 81 1 29’ stitched in black indicating the player, year, set, and inseam. The uniform has dirt stains evident throughout, a true testament to how Rose played the game. This uniform is properly tagged, presented to us as game-used and in our opinion shows excellent wear. This uniform set is a remarkable piece of history from baseball’s greatest hitter and a chance for the buyer to own the true Hall of Fame uniform. It comes with an LOA from Sports Investors Authentication, which has photo-matched the jersey to the June 10, Aug. 10, and Oct. 11, 1981 games, while matching the pants to the Aug. 10 and Oct. 11 games.
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