Jose Cardenal started his career with the San Francisco Giants in 1963 then was shipped off to the California Angels before the 1965 season. He was second in the American League in stolen bases then went to the Cleveland Indians after the 1967 season.
Presented is one of his game-worn jerseys from his time with the California Angels in 1965. It’s an incredible flannel with Tim McAuliffe patch tagging – [size] 40 and red ’65 year designation in the tail. “ANGELS” presents across the front in two color red/black tackle twill . The same colors of piping present around the collar and sleeve ends as highlights. Also featured are custom vent holes under the arms. A red cursive embroidered name plate patch is also featured in the collar.
Cardenal signed the jersey twice in black felt tip with the same inscription, “My Rookie Jersey – 1965 – Best Wishes”. As mentioned before, Cardenal started his career with the Giants so the rookie designation is incorrect per se however it’s his first season with the Angels. Also it should be noted, the jersey features a number change on the verso. It originally featured a “2” instead of a “4” (Cardenal’s number was 27). The outline of the “2” is present and visible. Number changes were common back in the day when jerseys were sent down to the Minor Leagues. The flannel memento has certainly seen some field action. It’s a wonder that it was serendipitously reacquainted with Cardenal and saved after all of these years.
Authentication: Photo from Signing, 100% Authentic Team LOA.