Hand-picked by Paul Richards to help mentor the Baltimore Orioles into baseball’s most dominant franchise for more than two decades, former coach Al Vincent is credited with (among other things) the idea for an oversized catcher’s mitt to handle the knuckleball. This Baltimore Orioles home jersey was worn by Vincent during the 1957 season. The cream-colored flannel zippered garment features felt identifiers, black piping and proper "Wilson" tagging. The left sleeve is home to a "Laughing Bird" logo patch that adorned O's jerseys from 1955-1962. Excellent game wear is evident on this Memorial Stadium original! More on our website.
The cream-colored flannel zippered garment features “Orioles” sewn across the chest in orange-on-black felt and “30” sewn to the back and left front in like fashion. Black piping lines the collar and button path, while a “Laughing Bird” logo is embroidered to the left sleeve. Within the collar, dual swatches respectively denote “30” and “1957.” The tapered and vented left front tail is home to a “Wilson” size “42” label and a laundering instructions tag. Note: the “30” numerals on both the back and left front have been restored. Stitching outlines remain near the front number, suggesting that this jersey was re-issued to Vincent for the 1958 season, as Orioles jerseys did not feature front numbers until 1958. The telltale signs of wear include perspiration-induced discoloration about the collar’s interior, as well as scattered dirt and tobacco stains throughout and minimal fading about the script-style “Orioles” felt name. There are six holes (as tailored) under each arm to facilitate ventilation.
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