1982 Al Kaline Signed AL Cracker Jack Old Timer's Classic Game Used Cap MEARS
Between 1982 and 1985, Cracker Jack sponsored an "Old Timer's Classic," which was played at RFK Stadium in Washington DC. The brainchild of Atlanta Braves VP Dick Cecil, the premise was to stage an authentic five-inning game that pitted old-timers against one another, a more competitive game than the Old Timers exhibitions put on by many teams. The games were televised on ESPN, and each player received $1,000 plus travel expenses for participating. The games got off to an auspicious start in 1982, when 75-year-old Luke Appling connected off Warren Spahn for a headline-making, 275-foot home run over the fence in left field. Sadly, the games did not have the support of Major League Baseball, and so instead of using individual team logos and uniforms, the organizers designed special American and National League uniforms for the players to wear.
Presented here is an official American League cap as worn by Hall of Famer Al Kaline. Manufactured by New Era, size 7 1/8 cap has been signed by Kaline on the interior bill, with a full LOA from MEARS.
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