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RESTORED BANNER WON BY '55 DODGERS UNVEILED

Only a half-century old, it certainly doesn't have the provenance of a medieval tapestry. But it is a one-of-a-kind, and to millions of baseball fanatics it's probably more valuable.

The 1955 World Series championship banner captured by the Brooklyn Dodgers -- the only one the team ever won -- was unveiled Wednesday following a $16,000 restoration by experts at the Textile Conservation Laboratory at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine.

"It's just fantastic," beamed Jessie Kelly, president of the Brooklyn Historical Society, which will feature the banner as the centerpiece of its upcoming exhibit on the Dodgers being held in partnership with the National Baseball Hall of Fame. "This is just spectacular."