Mike Piazza reached the Bigs in 1992 and played in 21 games after his September call-up. 1993 was actually his official rookie season, and he stormed the baseball world hitting 36 homers, knocking in 112 runs while recording a lusty .336 average. The Rookie of the Year honor was bestowed and he promised to become the top-hitting catcher of all time.
This Dodgers home knit was worn by Piazza during that 1993 season and the jersey’s team-instituted number change makes it all the sweeter and more historic. Tim Wallach was acquired by the Dodgers in the off-season and took #25 while waiting to change with Lenny Harris who had #29. Meanwhile, Roger McDowell had worn #31 during the ’91 and ’92 seasons for the Dodgers. Piazza had been issued #25 during the September 1992 call-up, and was scheduled to wear it in ’93. McDowell, however, surrendered #31 to Piazza for the ’93 season thus explaining the number switch from #25 to #31, the uniform number by which he is now so familiarly identified.
Two memorial patches can be found on the sleeves the one on the right represents Roy Campanella and Don Drysdale. The left sleeve has a “52” representing a former pitcher Tim Crews. COA 100% Authentic Team/Bob Case