Everything there is to know about the "Greatest Generation" can be summed up in the story of Warren Spahn and Johnny Sain, who broke into the majors together in 1942, gave up the next three seasons of their pitching prime to WWII military service, and then returned as the most dominant duo of their era. "Spahn and Sain and pray for rain," as local fans would say. Johnny enjoyed four 20-win campaigns between 1946 and 1950, including his MVP-worthy '48 performance with a league-leading 24 wins, 39 starts and 28 complete games, plus a trip to the World Series.
THAT is the prolific period in which this jersey originates. Manufactured by Horace Partridge Athletic Goods, the size-42, zipper-front jersey features a classic tomahawk logo (adopted in 1946), black-and-red trim, an Indian-chief sleeve patch, a vintage 5" sleeve repair, and manufacturer's tagging. The number "33" on the back is a very accurate professional restoration. Removals of additional tagging are visible in the left front shirttail, where a laundry marker was used at some point to write "J. Sain 33." Solid condition overall with a working zipper.
Accompanied by expert authenticator Phil Wood's LOA, whose detailed conclusion is worth quoting in full for clarity: "At this point I need to mention that I have examined this jersey before, in the 1990s. I thought I recognized it at first glance, and after checking through some old notes, the rip on the sleeve and the inked name in the tail matched up. When I examined it originally, there was no number on the back, but a clear 'ghost' of a number 33. There was never another number attached, and the style and cut was unmistakably that of a Partridge Braves' jersey. I have no doubt that it's genuine. The owner at the time of my earlier inspection indicated that it came out of the Hagerstown, MD area. The Hagerstown Braves were members of the Class B Interstate League 1950-52. The H-Braves, in fact, were the last Interstate League Champions in 1952, and wore hand-me-down Boston Braves' uniforms during their brief history. I've dated this jersey to a 4-year period in which Sain was with Boston, and the Braves wore Horace Partridge jerseys. In 1952 Sain was still with Boston (until late August), but the sleeve patch was switched to the opposite sleeve in order to wear the 1951 NL anniversary patch on the left sleeve. The lack of total originality with this jersey has, in my opinion, little impact on its value as a...desirable mid-century example of a major league classic."