A pair of Puerto Rican-born superstars wore these jerseys as unpolished youngsters in the San Diego Padres organization. Includes: Benito Santiago: 1986-1987 road jersey; size “42” with proper “Wilson” tagging; Carlos Baerga: 1988 road jersey; size “42” with proper “Rawlings” tagging. Both are all-original with twill identifiers and brown pinstripe patterns. More on our website.
Benito Santiago 1986-1987 San Diego Padres Game-Worn Road Jersey: a gray knit button-down garment with a brown pinstripe pattern and “RAK” sewn to the left sleeve in brown twill. In brown-on-orange twill, “SD” is sewn to the left breast, while “9” is sewn to the back and “SANTIAGO” is arched just above in like fashion. The tapered left front tail is home to a “Wilson” label, a size “42” flap tag and a swatch with chain-stitched identifiers of “10 86.” The jersey shows moderate wear with perspiration-induced soiling about the cotton-lined collar. Of note is evidence of a number change on the back. The outline from “10” (which is also sewn on the left front tail) clearly remains. Santiago wore “10” during his brief call-up in 1986, but wore “9” during his 1987 Rookie of the Year campaign. Additionally, the “RAK” (in honor of former club owner Ray Kroc) on the left sleeve was worn from 1984-1986, but not after that period. Thus, this jersey was likely worn by Santiago in 1986 and re-issued during the club’s spring training session as he prepared for his stellar Rookie of the Year season.
Carlos Baerga 1988 San Diego Padres Game-Worn Road Jersey: a gray knit button-down garment with a brown pinstripe pattern. In brown-on-orange twill, “SD” is sewn to the left breast, while “53” is sewn to the back and “BAERGA” is arched just above in like fashion. The tapered left front tail’s interior is home to a “Rawlings” size “42” label and a “SET 1 1988” flap tag. The jersey shows light wear as was likely donned during the Padres’ 1988 spring training session. Baerga had signed with the club on his 17th birthday (1985) and remained in the organization before being traded to Cleveland following the 1989 season. He spent the entire 1988 season with a American Association Class AA Wichita Pilots affiliate. As for the number “53,” it was worn for the first time in franchise history by Candy Sierra, a pitcher who appeared in 16 games in 1988 before begin dealt to Cincinnati on June 8. Thus, it is with high probability that Baerga wore this jersey during the 1988 spring training session.
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