Limited to just seven at-bats and zero hits over his club’s first 23 games in 1962, Virginia native J.C. Martin was shipped to Class A Savannah/Lynchburg to learn how to become a catcher. With 37-year-old Sherm Lollar on his way out, Earl Battey and Johnny Romano traded, and scant catching prospects in the minors, Martin went on to don the tolls of ignorance full time from 1963-1965. Classic flannel and the South Side come together on this gorgeous gamer worn by Martin during his brief stay at Comiskey Park in 1962. The cream-colored flannel button-down garment features a blue pinstripe pattern, “Sox’ angled on the left breast in blue-on-red twill and “47” sewn to the back in like fashion. Within the satin-lined collar, a felt strip tag features “Martin” chain stitched in cursive. On the tapered left front tail, a “Wilson” size “44” label is accompanied by a felt strip tag with chain-stitched identifiers reading “1962-2” (respectively denoting year and set number). There are six holes (as tailored) under each arm to facilitate ventilation. The tried and true gamer boasts of all-original tagging and buttons. Evidence of outstanding game wear includes minimal color fading about the pinstripes and twill components, as well as a very tiny section of fabric wear above the back number “4.” Of note is the number change from “12” (very faint visible outlines remain) to “47.” The latter number suggests that the jersey was worn by Martin and subsequently issued to Duke University product Mike DeGerick, who made his second and final Major League appearance on September 13, 1962.
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