Between the MLB, college, high school, club and local youth associations, baseball season is in full swing! In keeping with the spirit of the season, this week we are featuring a vintage American Legion baseball uniform. The size small, button down jersey is embroidered across the front with the team’s name, “Cowboys” and “Fitterer Bros” ( the teams’ sponsor) across the back. The #6 jersey is in excellent condition for a vintage piece, and its very heavy.
One of the first indicators that this jersey was made prior to 1960 is the inside tag. Marked “Russell Southern Co.”, the company branding changed in the 60’s when they became “Russell Athletic”. Another marker is the zipper. The brass ‘Conmatic’ zipper is marked USA 44’.
If you played for this American Legion team, we’d love to hear from you! Photos are encouraged!There’s no doubt this is an old top, but Brad and Pat Fitterer both wore this uniform in the 60’s when they played for the Cowboys. Cowboy’s players included several prominent names in the Kittitas Valley; they were even coached by Dean Nicholson at one point!
And just for fun , here’s some early baseball trivia!
1. Abner Doubleday is said to have invented the game of baseball in Cooperstown, New York around 1835
2. The first ever women’s baseball team was fielded by Vassar College in 1866.
3. Under the name of The American Baseball Association, the Beer and Whiskey League was created in 1882.
4. “ Take me out to the Ball Game “ was written in 1908.
5. The first baseball game was broadcast over the radio in 1921.
6. Babe Ruth hit his 500th home run in 1929.
7. The baseball “Hall of Fame” opens in 1936.
8. The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League is created in 1943.
9. The first World Series was televised in 1947, featuring the New York Yankees and Brooklyn Dodgers.
10.The New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers move out west in 1957, becoming the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodges – California’s first major league teams.
Source : http://activecities.com/blog/take-me-out-to-the-ballgame-a-historical-timeline-of-baseball/