Offered for your consideration is a beautiful and vintage game worn/used Jerry Hairston 1975 Chicago White Sox powder blue #2 road jersey. This jersey displays a cursive Hairston chain stitched swatch tag in the collar while residing on the jerseys tail is a Wilson manufactures size 42 tag and associated White Sox 75 set 2 swatch tag. 1975 would mark the last year this jersey style was worn and it featured enlarged red/white piping at the sleeves and collar. Nellie Fox died of cancer on December 1st 1975 at the age of 47 and on May 1st 1976 Fox’s #2 was officially retired by the White Sox in honor of their future HOF 2nd baseman. The White Sox didn’t issue the #2 in 1976 so it appears that this jersey is the last White Sox road jersey in the past 43-years to display Fox’s retired #2. Hairston split time between the majors and minors in 1975 starting the season in the majors wearing #2 and then being sent down to the minors early May before his early July call up. Hairston would switch to wearing #22 at some point in the summer after the White Sox traded outfielder Buddy Bradford #22 to the Cardinals on June 30. In September the White Sox would first issue jersey #2 to rookie call up Mike Squires who wore the red pinstripe version during a 7-game home stand from September 1st thru 7th as evidenced by the attached White Sox Program scorecard from the Minnesota series played on September 5th, 6th and 7th the second was newly acquired from the Oakland A’s and future White Sox star Chet Lemon who at age 20 received his rookie September call up and wore jersey #2 from September 9th till the end of the season making 23 plate appearances in 5 road games from September 22 thru 28. It is also my belief that the two listing pictures are of Lemon wearing this very same road jersey as evidenced by the extensive backing material puckering from washings displayed along both sides of Lemon’s pulldown zipper line from the Chicago script identifer to his waist band. Unfortunately the images aren’t high definition so I can only define it 100% as a style match but regardless of what jersey Lemon is seen wearing the pictures clearly show that the jersey wasn’t new issue due to the extensive backing material puckering further supporting the theory that the jersey Lemon is seen wearing was recycled stock. Jersey is in 100% original working order, displaying nice even use with loose threads, soft/puckered identifiers, interior pine tar staining and without any of the heavy beat to death recycled minor league abuse as this was the last year this jersey style was used in making way for the teams new ownership in 1976 and Bill Veeck’s inspired disco softball jerseys that appeared that year. The item “JERRY HAIRSTON CHICAGO WHITE SOX GAME WORN GAME USED JERSEY (RETIRED #2)” is in sale since Wednesday, October 10, 2018. This item is in the category “Sports Mem, Cards & Fan Shop\Game Used Memorabilia\Baseball-MLB\Jerseys”. The seller is “windycitygameusedauthentics” and is located in Riverside, Illinois. This item can be shipped to United States.
- Modified Item: No
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
- Team: Chicago White Sox