One of the premier catchers of his day, Earl Battey earned three consecutive Gold Glove awards, from 1960-1962. After several seasons as a back-up backstop with the Chicago White Sox, Battey was traded to the Washington Senators in time for the 1960 season, which was his breakout year.
Here we have a Battey game-worn 1960 Washington Senators jersey, from his first season as an MLB starter. This gray flannel jersey is labeled Spalding on the left front tail, with a size "44" tag adjacent to the factory label. Stitched in red directly below the Spalding label, is "Battey 14 60", signifying player, uniform number and year. This information is repeated on a nameplate inside the collar, also stitched in red. The Senators name spans the front in blue and red lettering, and the team's mascot patch appears on the left sleeve. When Battey joined the Senators, he was assigned the number "14", which is seen on the back of the jersey, also in blue and red. Battey's preferred number "10" was freed up, and he began wearing it after the 1960 All-Star Game break, and he continued to wear "10" when the franchise relocated to Minnesota.
The accompanying LOA from expert Phil Wood, noted that one of the seven buttons on the front has been replaced, otherwise this vintage gamer is original in all other aspects. Wood also recognizes the demands of playing Battey's position, with the statement "Jersey shows significant wear, as expected for a catcher". While the collar is ringed with sweat, and general overall signs of moderate wear/use are evident, said wear supports the authentic nature and appeal of this 62-year-old Senators jersey, from the last season of the franchise's Washington tenure.