This is a 1969 Flannel Ken Tatum, Game used Rookie Jersey. This is his original rookie jersey. Those framiliar with his story know that one pitch effectively ended two baseball careers. At the time, he finished his first season with a 1.36 ERA. Then he hit Paul Blair and that changed everything.. It effectively ended both of their careers.. Peter Gammons wrote of the effect he believed the Paul Blair beaning may have had on Tatums pitching career. From May 31, 1970, until his major league career ended in 1974, Tatum had a 3.95 ERA and allowed 1.14 homer per nine innings. After he retired, he admitted he pitched with the fear that I might kill someone. I could never pitch on the inside half of the plate again. And we all know what happens to a pitcher that can’t pitch inside anymore. This was a junker bin find that was completely striped-down (presumably to go to the minors). The only thing remaining was the information on the tail, the neck/size label, and the red/navy trim. The lettering was all matched perfectly to the original Angel specs using the stitch outline already present as a start and other authentic Angel Uniforms from the era as a template. The stitching is perfect and each stitch has been fussed over. The anniversary shoulder patch is a new reproduction that matches the original EXACTLY! – This thing is gorgeous!!! – My Collecting History: – I was once well-known in the jersey collection circles dating back to the early 1990’s. I ran a jersey restoration business. I fell into this business because back in the day when I couldn’t afford the higher-end items, I had to take a different path if I was going to be able to collect these wonderful pieces of history, so I started searching the junker bins, and learning how to restore. At the time, there wasn’t the huge marketing machine that there is now. Most of the time it is for charity, but sometimes not. I found many really cool jerseys in the junker bins and they were all in various stages of disrepair. Missing patches, missing lettering (all or only a few), busted seems, so forth and so on. In the process of recycling they would remove names and numbers. They would sometimes even remove whole team names if they were recycled to the minors as the minor league team had, on many occasions, the same color pattern as the parent team. The thing about these jerseys though, is that when lettering/numbering is removed, one can clearly discern the outline of the original stitching. Which gave me a lot of information that I needed to restore. Many teams also embroider the original users name, size, and number on the tail. It was fun to research! On several occasions I was able to correct bad information at Baseball Almanac regarding a player’s number when I had that particular players jersey right in front of me. I have found some real gems worn by some stars over the years. At one collectibles show, I met a former employee from R. Liebe and we struck up a friendship. If you what/who R. J Liebe is, then you are a true collector!! She was an accomplished uniform designer and she helped with my restorations and the cottage business was born. We worked to restore many jerseys EXACTLY as they were in their glory. We used all the correct period materials save the new thread. If we needed a specific patch we would track down an authentic patch from a period jersey that was otherwise useless. At that point I owned in the range of 300-400 jerseys. It is time another collector and/or Angels fan can enjoy these. These will mostly be Angels Jerseys. That is who I grew up watching!! – Some of the highlights will be. 1980 Brian Downing (#9 year he broke his foot). 1972 Sandy Alomar little? Second year VERY SCARE/RARE!! At 50 I have only ever seen two examples of the 1972 jersey in my entire life. 1969 Ken Tatum (rookie, with centennial patch). 1966 #6 Angels Jersey Unused, BRAND NEW, never worn by anybody, the most gorgeous thing EVER!!!!! My most cherished jersey. Plus about 20-30 other Authentic milestone Angels (and a few other teams), non game-used, jerseys covering the last 45 years. I make ZERO exceptions. The item “1969 California Angels Ken Tatum Game Used Flannel Jersey Los Angeles” is in sale since Sunday, January 19, 2020. This item is in the category “Sports Mem, Cards & Fan Shop\Game Used Memorabilia\Baseball-MLB\Jerseys”. The seller is “baseball*fan” and is located in Glendora, California. This item can be shipped to United States.
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
- Player: Ken Tatum
- Team: California Angels