Prior to Henry Aaron, only two Major Leaguers eclipsed the 600 home run plateau. Aaron, of course, caught and passed both Willie Mays and Babe Ruth. So it was only fitting that he duplicated another common oddity in both Mays’ and Ruth’s careers: that of beginning and finishing a career in the same city with a different franchise. Issued to and worn by Aaron upon his return to Milwaukee, this 1975-1976 Brewers road jersey is a sacred heirloom from the twilight of a fence-clearing career to which all others pale in comparison.
Save for a 1969 National League West title, Aaron’s nine seasons in Atlanta were marked by mediocre showing in the standings. Aaron’s circuit clouts, of course, continued to leave Senior Circuit ballparks with frightening regularity. But in terms of reward, it’s likely that Aaron’s sentiments were with Milwaukee, where his Braves never endured a losing season and he had hit the bulk (398) of his career home runs. The bittersweet reunion (at least with the city) became a reality in November, 1974, when Aaron was dealt to the Brewers in exchange for Dave May.
Back in the quaint Midwestern setting, Aaron wore this blue knit pullover garment with “BREWERS” arched across the chest in blue-on-yellow double twill and his famous number “44” sewn to the back and left front in like fashion. Blue-and-yellow striped stretch ribbed knit lines the V-neck collar and sleeve endings. The tapered left front tail is home to a “Medalist/Sand-Knit” Milwaukee Brewers exclusivity tag, as well as a manufacturer’s laundering instructions tag and a size “42” flap tag. Within the collar, an outline remains from a since-removed strip tag that was with high probability home to chenile stitched name, number and year identifiers. With no repairs or alterations, this Hall of Famer apparel exhibits nice game wear with minor puckering about the twill components. Full photo LOA from Grey Flannel.