A fleet-footed slap hitter who perennially topped the .300-mark, Patsy Donovan entered the Deadball Era having already established himself as one of the game’s most consistent stars. After his days as a regular player wound down, Donovan went on to leave an indelible mark on the new century as a much-traveled manager and longtime scout.
One sportswriter called him an "excellent judge of the ball player in the raw." Indeed, Donovan’s greatest accomplishment may have come in 1914 when he convinced the Boston Red Sox to sign a talented young left-hander named George Ruth.
This Red Sox road jersey was worn by Donovan as manager of the 1910 Boston American League club that featured Tris Speaker, Joe Wood, Harry Hooper and Eddie Cicotte among others. This astonishingly rare artifact, manufactured by Wright & Ditson with Donovan’s name stitched in the collar, has only recently surfaced. It survives in extraordinary original, unaltered condition.
This exceptional piece of baseball history will be featured as part of SCP Auctions April auction.