Debuting in the California Angels’ 1965 season opener, righthander Dick Wantz got off to an auspicious start, fanning Max Alvis to begin his career. But it did not go well from there as Wantz surrendered two runs in one inning in what was to be his only Major League appearance. Shortly thereafter, doctors discovered an inoperable brain tumor and exactly one month after his only big league appearance, Wantz was dead. This Angels road jersey was worn by the California native during his tragically abbreviated career. More on our website.
In the style’s first year, the light-blue button-down garment features “ANGELS” arched across the chest in blue-on-red felt and “25” sewn top the back in like fashion. Blue-and-red piping lines the collar and sleeve endings, while the vented left front tail is home to a “Tim McAuliffe” label and tags respectively denoting “’65” and size “40.” There are four holes (as tailored) under each arm to facilitate ventilation. Light wear is evident with no repairs or alterations. Wantz' only big league appearance ended when he retired Cleveland's Dick Howser who, in an eerie coincidence, died of a brain tumor 22 years later.
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