The pride of Kokomo, Indiana, former pitcher Tom Underwood enjoyed an 11-year career during which he pitched for six different teams and appeared in the postseason for three of those clubs. This 1976 Philadelphia Phillies home jersey was worn by Underwood during a landmark campaign that saw the club end a 25-year postseason drought! The cream-colored knit zippered garment features the script-style “P” logo sewn to the left breast in maroon twill, while “34” is sewn to the back and right front in like fashion. In maroon block-style twill characters, “UNDERWOOD” is arched on a nameplate atop the back number. Red trim lines the shoulders and sides, while a Liberty Bell-themed “76” patch adorns the left sleeve and a National League Centennial logo patch is sewn to the right sleeve. Within the cotton-lined collar, a swatch features “Underwood” chain stitched in black cursive. On the tapered left front tail, a “Wilson” size “44” label is accompanied by a swatch with chain stitched identifiers reading: “44 76 Set 2.” The jersey shows moderate wear with puckering about the twill components and minor fraying along the collar. We note that the name on back has been restored and the sleeve patches were added at a later date.
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