As Baltimoreans lined the streets for miles between downtown and 33rd Street, a raucous celebration as the Orioles paraded to their 1954 home opener resembled that reserved for a World Series winner. And while these “Baby Birds” were in their debut season, it wasn't long before those championship parades were annual. These (2) artifacts celebrate those ’54 O’s. Included are: 1954 Team-Signed Ball: (30 sigs) with Coan, Courtney, Durham, Dykes, Fox, Larsen and Waitkus (full JSA); 1954 20th Year Reunion Ensemble: tailored by Brooks Robinson Sporting Goods, the ensemble was worn by former coach Frank Skaff at a 1974 reunion at Memorial Stadium. Pristine! More on our website.
1954 Baltimore Orioles Team-Signed Ball: a clean and creamy OAL Harridge orb (grade “7”) signed in blue ink (average “5” strength) by:
Sweet Spot: Fridley and Dykes (manager); North Panel: unidentified, Fox (d.1955), Garcia, Coleman, Blyzka, Hunter, Oliver (coach) and Kretlow; South Panel: Brideweser, Durham, Murray, Kryhoski, Abrams and Young; West Panel: Diering, Chakales, Kennedy, Duren, Melton and Kellert; East Panel: Coan, Turley, O’Dell, Kuzava, Larsen, Brecheen (coach), Waitkus and Courtney. Full photo LOA from JSA
Frank Skaff 1954 Baltimore Orioles Game-Worn 20th Reunion Ensemble: worn at an old-timers exhibition during the 1974 season at Memorial Stadium, this Frank Skaff 1954 Baltimore Orioles home ensemble includes:
Jersey: a cream-colored flannel button-down garment with “Orioles” sewn across the chest in black-on-orange felt and “30” sewn to the back in like fashion. Of note is the script-style name on the front, whose style was worn in 1954 only. A “Brooks Robinson Sporting Goods” label resides within the collar, while the left front tail’s interior is home to a laundering instructions tag.
Pants: cream-colored flannel leg wear with five belt hoops, two back pockets and a four-button fly. The waistband’s interior is home to a size “38” tag.
The garments show appropriate single-event wear. The leg openings have surprisingly retained their elasticity! As close to the “real thing” in terms of actual 1954 Orioles apparel items, these relics come as no surprise in that they were tailored by Brooks Robinson’s short-lived sporting goods outfit. It is well documented that visiting opponents called on Robinson’s shop on numerous occasions when a uniform “emergency” (traded player, torn jersey/pants, etc.) arose. Robinson used the finest and most appropriate materials and it’s no coincidence his uniforms were at times actually worn during Major League games. This Skaff ensemble is a fine representation of that quality.