1916-19 Chicago White Sox Game-Worn Jersey Used For Practice, Exhibition & Spring TrainingGo Back
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Presented is a remarkable vintage flannel Chicago White Sox game jersey from the 1916-19 era. Further breaking it down within the era, it was dated to the road game style worn by the White Sox in 1917. It is consistent from that particular year because of the wool material used, weight, color, neck line stitching, side jersey vent slits, underarm vent holes and style/color/number of buttons (4). On the pinstriped pullover jersey, both the collar and sleeve ends are accented in black. This 1917 photo style was found in the Baseball Hall of Fame database. This representation and style of White Sox Flannel, is so desirable that the Chicago White Sox themselves wanted the jersey on loan for their museum. Following is the email documentation and statement from the Chicago White Sox:
“Mr. XXX, Greetings from the Chicago White Sox! I was given your information in regard to the 1917-19 BP jersey you have in your possession. We appreciate that you have reached out to us …… It certainly would look great in our ballpark museum showcase. If you decide not to sell it and would consider loaning it or even donating to the ballclub, please contact me here at the park. Thanks again for sharing this information with us!, The Chicago White Sox Representative.”
Note, unlike game jerseys this style does not show evidence of White Sox logo stitching. The no logo style was common and purposed for team use in practice, spring training and scrimmage games in Mineral Wells, Texas (Official Spring Training site). Players can be seen in photos from the era in wearing logo less jerseys during game day batting practice (1916-19). Note, the owner of the team Charles Comiskey was known for being frugal, so it makes sense the style of jersey could have been worn by multiple players in different play situations. Because of this multi-purpose recycled mentality, the player(s) who could’ve wore the jersey are unidentifiable.
On the jersey itself, the collar manufacturer tag has faded/washed out. However, most likely because of the tag size and other consistencies comparable to others (like Spalding which is smaller) it was manufactured by Thos. E. Wilson. They were a Chicago based supplier for the White Sox between 1916-24. Provenance also indicates the jersey originated from a Chicago White Sox employee in 1924.
The grey pinstriped flannel has aged well with some expected discoloration throughout. Overall, simply a great vintage White Sox flannel from the early days of baseball.
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