35 years later, Chambliss’ jersey resurfaces
Here’s a neat piece of baseball history to pass along.
Chris Chambliss, author of one of the most memorable moments in franchise history, was recently reunited with the jersey he wore while hitting his walk-off home run in Game 5 of the 1976 American League Championship Series against the Royals.
You’ll remember Chambliss was mobbed by fans rounding the bases at Yankee Stadium and couldn’t make it all the way to home plate, though he emerged from the dugout after all of the chaos and touched the plate just to make sure. Nowadays, an authenticator would scoop the jersey up immediately and slap a hologram on it, but those were simpler times.
What’s neat is what happened next. Apparently, the jersey was shipped to the Class-A Oneonta Yankees after its trip around the bases, to be re-used by an unknown number of Yankees minor leaguers. Since Oneonta is in upstate New York, the ‘NY’ on the right chest survived intact. So did the inscription ‘Chamblis’ in the jersey’s collar, misspelling and all (something that wasn’t uncommon back then). It shows signs of use, but Chambliss’ No. 10 is still the same one that nearly got ripped off his back in the Bronx.
The jersey is being offered at auction through Thursday, and if you’ve got the deep pockets to bring it home, it’s certainly a good conversation starter.