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Lou Klimchock 1961 Kansas City Athletics Game-Worn Cap - One-Year Style

Lot Number 399

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A career utility player, Pennsylvania native Lou Klimchock endured stints in the minor leagues in all 12 of the years in which he saw big league action. During his fourth and final season with the moribund Kansas City Athletics, Klimchock wore this cap. Just prior to maverick Charlie Finley’s ownership, the Athletics were rightfully labeled as a feeder program for the Yankees. In a deliberate attempt to match the style of the apparel worn by their Bronx-based “affiliates,” this cap is tailored from navy blue wool with an interlocking “KC” embroidered to the front center. A blue button secures the six-point crown suspension, while the interior sweatband is home to a vintage “Wilson” label and a size stamping with a visible “7” and a faded remainder. On the bill’s underside, Klimchock’s number “4” is inscribed in black marker. This is a one-year style from the aforementioned attempt to duplicate Yankee apparel items, as the "KC" logo was red in previous years. Additionally, red bills followed in 1962 and, beginning in 1963, Finley opted for the green-and-yellow scheme that remains to this day. The cap shows heavy wear with minor moth damage at the rear and right side. Accompanying is a full photo LOA from Phil Wood.

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