Baseball Uniform Shirt, about 1865-1885


By the late 1850s, baseball became an increasingly formal sport with urban teams sporting their own uniforms.The predominant style shirt of the late 1850s into the 1870s was a bib front.Typical as well, is an abbreviation of the club name on the bib.The maker of this top applied the letters "A B B C." The letter "A" signifies the club name, and it may reflect a specific town such as Akron or the club name such as "Atlantic."The letters "B B C" represent the term "base ball club," and was also typical of many late 1860s-1870s uniforms.This wool uniform shirt appears completely unused; no perspiration stains or other indications of use.

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