The Los Angeles Dodgers are one of Major League Baseball's most historic franchises as they were founded in 1883 and they were originally based in Brooklyn, New York, as they were originally named the Atlantics, and then the Robins, and then in the 1930's they switched their team name to the Dodgers and they name has stuck ever since. Fun Fact: the Dodgers name originates from the Brooklyn pedestrians who used to dodge the streetcars that would appear to drive around throughout the entire city of Brooklyn. As of 2021, the Dodgers have won the National League West division a total of 19 times, they have won the National League Pennant a total of 24 times, and the Dodgers have 7 World Series championships to add to their name. The history of the franchise is littered with legendary players such as Sandy Kofaux Roy Campanella, Jackie Robinson, Duke Snider, Don Drysdale, and countless others. Because of their impact to the game can be measured in numerous ways such as revenue, endorsements, and memorabilia. Recently we've discovered that some of these Dodgers jerseys have been sold for extremely high amounts. Today we will take a look at the five most expensive Dodgers jerseys that have been sold to date:
5. 1950 Duke Snider Game Worn Jersey - $23,900
Duke Snider was an instant fan favorite with the Dodgers the minute he stepped onto the diamond. Fun Fact: you know he was this good when he is in the same song title as Willie Mays and Micky Mantle. In 1950, Snider led the league in base hits with a total of 199, and he also led the league in total bases with 343. He also represented the Dodgers in the All-Star game as a member of the National League team as that was his first All-Star appearance of his career, he hit 31 home runs, he delivered 107 RBI's, and he had an immaculate batting average of .321. Snider's best stretch of his career came in the years of 1950-1957 where he batted .307 with a total of 288 home runs and a total of 885 RBI, making it the eight best seasons that he had in his major league career. His jersey was sold as part of the Heritage Auctions as part of the Vintage Sports Collectibles Signature Auction that was located in Dallas, as the jersey sold for $23,900 and was sold on November 11th, 2011.
4. 1959 Don Drysdale Game Worn Jersey - $ 31,090
Even though Don Drysdale major league career was cut short due to injury, the numbers he was able to put up throughout his career still remain to be legendary. In 1959, Don represented the Dodgers in the All-Star game as part of the National League team, as this was his first All-Star appearance of his major league career, he led the league in strike outs with 242, he led the league in shut outs with 4, he pitched a total of 270 innings, he had a winning record of 17-13, and he posted an ERA of 3.46. With his career with the Dodgers, Drysdale was able to achieve a winning record of 209-166, with 2,486 strikeouts, and an ERA of 2.95. His jersey was sold as part of the Heritage Auctions as part of the Platinum Night Sports Auction that was held in New York, as the jersey sold for $31,090 and was sold on February 23rd, 2013.
3. 1957 Roy Campanella Game Worn Jersey- $101, 575
Roy Campanella is considered to be one of the greatest catchers in Major League Baseball history and he is also considered to be the greatest catcher to ever play for the Dodgers. Campy was known for his toughness behind the plate, his drive and work ethic to be the best possible player he can be, and his blend of Italian and African heritage. During his ten year career wearing a Dodgers uniform, he won three National League Most Valuable Player Awards, and he was able to represent the Dodgers in the All-Star game a total of 8 different times. His last season in the big leagues was in 1957, as his game worn jersey from that final season was sold as part of the Heritage Auctions as part of the Sports Collectibles Platinum Night Auction that was held in Chicago, as the jersey sold for $101,575 and the jersey was sold on July 30th, 2015.
2. 1963 Sandy Koufax Game Worn Jersey - $429,625
Sandy Koufax was one of the greatest pitchers to ever step foot on the mound and he was also always a reliable source in key clutch moments for the Dodgers. 1963 can arguably be the greatest season Koufax had in his major league career, as he helped lead the Dodgers to the World Series championship as they defeated the New York Yankees, he represented the Dodgers in the All-Star game as a member of the National League team, he won the National League's CY Young Award, and he won the National League's Most Valuable Player Award, he also led the league in ERA with a 1.88 ERA, he had a winning record of 25-5, with leading the league in wins, he led the league in shutouts with 11, and he led the league in strike outs with 306. Koufax would also go on to win 2 more CY Young Awards in 1965 and 1966, and from 1962-1966 Koufax led the league in ERA, as he average a 1.95 ERA during that time span. His jersey was sold at auction for $429,625.
1. 1950 Jackie Robinson Game Worn Jersey - $4.2 Million
Jackie Robinson, the man who broke Major League Baseball's color barrier on April 15th, 1947 as they played the Boston Braves in that game. Robinson's historical significance changed the course of Major League Baseball forever, as he was inspiration to many people of color to continue chasing their dreams and to never give up on anything and to keep working hard, as they can make it in either professional sports, or just anything they want to accomplish in life. Jackie Robinson was awarded with the National League's Rookie of the Year Award in 1947 and he was awarded the 1949 National League's Most Valuable Player Award. From 1949-1951, Robinson had the best three year stretch of his career as he batted .336 with 49 home runs and 293 RBI's. Robinson also represented the Dodgers in 6 different All-Star games as a member of the National League team. In his 10 year career with the Dodgers, Robinson had an immaculate batting average of .311, he hit 137 home runs, and he delivered 734 RBI's. His jersey was sold as part of the Hurt Auctions for a whopping $4.2 Million, making this the most expensive piece of Jackie Robinson merchandise that has ever been sold to someone.
Written by Benjamin Smith
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