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1978-79 Frank Beaton New York Rangers Pre-Season Game Worn Jersey - NYR vs PHL Bench Clearing Brawl - Photo Match
Lot #344

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1978-79 Frank Beaton New York Rangers Pre-Season Game Worn Jersey - NYR vs PHL Bench Clearing Brawl - Photo Match
Lot #344

GAMEWORNAUCTIONS.NET is pleased to bring this exciting collection of game worn enforcers and tough guys to the hobby exclusively thru our Spring 2018 Auction. These 11 NHL and minor league game worn jerseys have been held in a private collection since being purchased beginning nearly 20 years ago and have been out of hobby circulation ever since. Included in this group of legendary tough guys are some extremely difficult to find players and styles, most which are being offered at auction for the first time!

This home white mesh gamer by Cosby was worn by Frank Beaton during the 1978-79 NHL pre-season. This Nova Scotia native spent a couple of years with Flint of the IHL before making his WHA debut with the Cincinnati Stingers in 1975-76. Frank also represented the WHA’s Edmonton Oilers in 1976-77 and the Birmingham Bulls in 1977-78 before joining the NHL. Beaton became a member of the New York Rangers in 1978-79, playing his only two seasons in the NHL for the Broadway Blueshirts. Despite standing only 5’ 10” 175 lbs., Frank was one of hockey’s legendary goons from the decade of the 1970’s. His legend includes multiple arrests including one for knocking out a gas station attendant after the gas jockey mistakenly got some fuel on Beaton’s Corvette. Another story has Beaton avoiding arrest by being snuck out of a WHA arena in an equipment bag! The list goes on… Beaton’s 274 PIMS in nary 68 games played led the entire WHA in penalty minutes in 1976-77. During Frank’s 10-year professional career, he earned a remarkable 2291 PIMS in just 683 games played!

Sewn into the collar of this gamer are the manufacturers, wash and size tagging. The game wear on this size 50 sweater consists of stick and slash marks, board burns, board paint transfer and inner pilling. Fight abuse rears its head when examining the battle weary repaired and reinforced nameplate, which was mostly torn off Beaton’s back during a bench-clearing brawl at Madison Square Garden on September 26, 1978 against Philadelphia. Beaton squared off against Philadelphia’s Mel Bridgman in an epic battle with Bridgman tearing Beaton’s nameplate during their fight. Shown above are some beautiful photo matches of Beaton wearing this exact jersey during the aforementioned bench-clearing brawl. Ever popular and always in demand with collectors, the Rangers retired these short-lived shield style gamers about a week after the bench-clearing brawl at MSG took place. A Beaton jersey is a truly tough get for the fight enthusiasts, with this being the first time that we can ever recall seeing one of Frank’s gamers being offered at Auction. A wonderful photo matched example that’s been out of hobby circulation for nearly 20 years and was worn by one of the legendary goons of the 1970’s; a constant on the wish lists of any serious collector of the vintage enforcers!