September 11, 2012
The baseball uniform tells you whether someone is a member of your home team – or whether he's the enemy. From that first moment the players walk onto the field, you know.
According to the Baseball Almanac, Major League Baseball players have worn an astonishing 4,000 uniform styles over the last century. In the 1900's, baseball uniforms consisted of wool pantaloons with flannel shirts and straw hats. By the late 19th century, knickers had evolved, which allowed more freedom of movement while running. During the first few decades of the 20th century, detachable sleeves became all the rage amongst serious players (Buttons on the sleeve extensions attached to button holes on the jersey, eliminating the need for multiple jerseys of different sleeve lengths and allowing players to dress comfortably, whatever the weather conditions.)
It wasn't until the mid-20th century, though, that the more comfortable cotton jerseys –similar to our Authentic Baseball Sleeves – became commonplace. All Cotton. Light weight. Supremely comfortable – both on the field, and off.
I wear mine while putzing around the farm on weekends, or to the occasional ball game. Where will you wear yours?