THE NEW YORK YANKEES - JERSEY SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: RON "ROCKY" SWOBODA, MIKE TORREZ, SPARKY LYLE, RON "LOUISIANA LIGHTNING" GUIDRY - HFSID 293083
Sale Price $637.50
NEW YORK YANKEES (1970s)
Yankees home jersey, signed near the logo on the chest by four team members from the 1970s. Three of the signers were on the 1977 World Championship team.
Jersey signed: "Sparky Lyle", "Mike Torrez", "Ron Guidry", "Ron Swoboda". Replica New York Yankees home jersey, size 48, signed around the team logo on the chest. RON GUIDRY (b. 1950) was 1978 Cy Young Award winner as well as a four-time All-Star (1978, 1979, 1982 and 1983) and five-time Golden Glove winner (1982-1986). A member of the New York Yankees' pitching roster from 1975 to 1988, he won four World Series games and helped the Yanks win the 1977 and 1978 championships. 1978 was probably Guidry's best year, when he posted a 25-3 record, along with an American League-leading nine shutouts and ERA of 1.74. (He also led the AL in ERA in 1979 and in wins and win-loss record in 1985). In all, he posted a 170-91 record over his career with an ERA of 3.29, 26 shutouts and 1,778 Ks. The Yankees retired his number 49 on Aug. 23, 2003. SPARKY LYLE (b. 1944) a relief pitcher throughout his big-league career (1967-1982), Lyle was sent from the Boston Red Sox to the New York Yankees in a notoriously one-sided trade (1972). In 1977 he became the first American League reliever to win the Cy Young Award. He later co-authored The Bronx Zoo (1979), a candid account of playing for the Yankees under owner George Steinbrenner. As a 20-year-old Met rookie in 1965, RON SWOBODA (b.1944) hit a career-high 19 home runs. Though his subsequent career performance was a relative disappointment, he was a key member of the 1969 "Miracle Mets." He collected half of his 52 RBI in the last five weeks of the season, and hit two home runs to beat Steve Carlton 4-3 the night Carlton struck out 19. In Game 4 of the World Series, Swoboda's daring ninth-inning diving catch of a line drive in right-center field saved the day for New York. When the American League adopted the designated hitter rule in 1973, Swoboda was used by the Yankees as a platoon DH. Had the Red Sox started a left hander on Opening Day that year, Swoboda would have been the player ever to come to bat as a DH. (Instead, Boston started a righty, so Ron Blomberg earned that distinction.) A vivacious character with an engaging sense of humor, Swoboda became a sportscaster after his career ended. MIKE TORREZ (b. 1946) won more than 15 games six seasons in a row (1974-79) for five different teams. The 6'5" Kansan first achieved consistency with the Expos in 1972, winning 16 games. In 1975 with Baltimore, he went 20-9 with a league-leading .690 winning percentage. He was sent to Oakland in the 1976 seven-player trade that brought Reggie Jackson to the Orioles. Torrez won 16 that year (including three straight shutouts) and 17 in 1977 for the A's and Yankees. He helped New York to a pennant with seven straight wins in July and August. He threw two complete-game victories in the '77 World Series against the Dodgers and was the beneficiary of Jackson's three home runs in the sixth and final game. Guidry, Lyle and Torrez were all members of the 1977 World Championship Yankee team. Swoboda played for the Yankees earlier (1971-1973), but was a New York sports broadcaster later in the decade before moving to New Orleans. Fine condition.
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