Baseball Uniform Shirt, 1865-1885

Summary

In the decades following the Civil War base ball clubs rapidly came to represent a community's identity and honor. Players donned colorful uniform shirts to make the team readily visible to its supporters and opponents alike. The oversized "A" on this bright red wool shirt would have stood for the name of the community, company, school or club.

In the decades following the Civil War base ball clubs rapidly came to represent a community's identity and honor. Players donned colorful uniform shirts to make the team readily visible to its supporters and opponents alike. The oversized "A" on this bright red wool shirt would have stood for the name of the community, company, school or club.

Artifact

Sports uniform

Date Made

1865-1885

Place of Creation

United States 

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2002.165.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Purchased with funds from the Eleanor B. Safford Memorial Textile Fund.

Material

Wool (Textile)
Felt (Textile)
Mother of pearl

Color

Red
White (Color)

Inscriptions

front bib: A / B B C

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