Game worn Baseball treasures from the game's greatest heroes and moments

Stephen Wong

Book - 2016

"Photography, essays, and research on rare game-worn uniforms that bear witness to baseball history"--

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Genres
Illustrated works
Published
Washington, DC : Smithsonian Books [2016]
Language
English
Physical Description
320 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 313-316) and index.
ISBN
9781588345714
1588345718
Main Author
Stephen Wong (author)
Other Authors
Dave Grob (author)
  • The deadball era, 1900-1919. Jack Coombs ; Johnny Evers ; Fred Lake ; Frank Chance ; Rube Marquard ; Harry Hooper ; Earl Yingling ; Christy Mathewson ; John McGraw ; Ty Cobb ; Walter Johnson ; Branch Rickey ; Red Faber
  • The greatest generation, 1920-1945. Babe Ruth ; Hub Pruett ; Muddy Ruel ; Frankie Frisch ; Sam Rice ; George Pipgras ; Charlie Gehringer ; Lefty Grove ; Lefty O'Doul ; Dizzy Dean ; Schoolboy Rowe ; Moe Berg ; Randy Moore ; Gabby Hartnett ; Joe DiMaggio ; Ernie Lombardi ; Carl Hubbell ; Lou Gehrig ; Woody Jensen ; Jimmie Foxx ; Bob Feller ; Ted Williams ; The War years : trading flannel for khaki
  • The postwar years, 1946-1959. Satchel Paige ; Warren Spahn ; Eddie Waitkus ; Stan Musial ; Yogi Berra ; Jackie Robinson ; Roy Campanella ; Al Kaline ; Hank Aaron ; Ted Kluszewski ; Ernie Banks ; Eddie Mathews
  • The expansion era, 1960-1971. Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris ; Bill Mazeroski ; Nellie Fox ; Bob Gibson ; Pete Rose ; Willie Mays ; Sandy Koufax ; Roberto Clemente ; Tom Seaver ; Brooks Robinson and Frank Robinson ; Johnny Bench
  • The knit era, 1972-1999. Carlton Fisk ; Nolan Ryan ; Dave Winfield ; Lou Brock ; Rod Carew ; George Brett ; Fernando Valenzuela ; Mike Schmidt ; Cal Ripken Jr. ; Bo Jackson ; Randy Johnson ; David Cone
  • Compendium.
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Baseball fans love memorabilia, and high on the wish lists of the most avid collectors are uniforms—not mere replicas but actual game-worn jerseys. Sadly, such rarities are well beyond the budgets of most fans, which makes this exquisite coffee-table book all the more entrancing. Yes, there are beautifully composed, striking photos of jerseys, pants, hats, and gloves across the history of the game, from the dead-ball era to the end of the twentieth century; but there are also other illustrations capturing the remarkable scope of baseball memorabilia (scorecards, programs, ticket stubs, magazine ads, including one from Chesterfield showing Joe DiMaggio and Stan Musial with cigarettes dangling from smiling mouths). And don't forget the text: coauthors Wong and Grob contribute stylish and perceptive profiles of the various superstars whose jerseys decorate the text as well as fascinating facts about uniform fabrics and design over the years (Who knew that satin uniforms were once the rage?). Hats off, too, to perhaps the most entertaining collection of pull quotes ever to appear in a baseball book (Tallulah Bankhead on Willie Mays: "There have been only two geniuses in the world: Willie Mays and Willie Shakespeare."). A must for every baseball collection. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Baseball is a game of endurance, statistics, and more interestingly, a sport with iconic uniforms. As longtime Detroit Tigers outfielder Ty Cobb once said, "[baseball] is a struggle for supremacy, a survival of the fittest." Wong (Smithsonian Baseball) along with debut author Grob has created a fascinating book about historically significant baseball attire. What makes these garments so special is their importance to the game in which they were originally worn. The authors give a fantastic description of each uniform and thrillingly guide readers through the moment in history. There are uniforms from Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Christy Mathewson, Jackie Robinson, and numerous others. This captivating look at the subject is unlike anything readers will find aside from visiting the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown. The 71 featured uniforms, along with photographs that speak a thousand words, each tell an exceptional story. VERDICT This rare look at the importance of baseball garments is a visually striking compilation that reads like a Ken Burns documentary. A book for all baseball lovers.—Gus Palas, Ela Area P.L., Lake Zurich, IL. Copyright 2016 Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Features many of the most historically significant uniforms, jackets, hats, and other baseball collectibles in the Smithsonian Institution's collection, and includes information on each piece discussing its significance.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"Photography, essays, and research on rare game-worn uniforms that bear witness to baseball history"--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

"Game Worn: Treasures of Baseball's Greatest Heroes and Moments is a richly illustrated exploration and first-of-its-kind compendium study of the world's most coveted and precious baseball uniforms worn by Major League ballplayers during the twentieth century. This coffee-table book features many of the most historically significant uniforms, jackets, hats, as well as other treasured baseball collectibles that tell us as much about the history and soul of America as they do about the game and the players. Some of the extraordinary highlights featured in this book include: Babe Ruth's road jersey from his first season with the New York Yankees (1920), the sole surviving uniform from the infamous 1919 World Series, Joe DiMaggio's rookie uniform from 1936, the Boston Red Sox road uniform Ted Williams wore during his epic 1941 season, Jackie Robinson's Brooklyn Dodgers home jersey from the 1952 season, Bill Mazeroski's Pittsburgh Pirates home uniform worn to hit the game-winning home run in game 7 of the 1960 World Series, and a visual feast of rare uniform styles. Each of the 68 entries includes sumptuous photography of the uniform and associated memorabilia, as well as a poignant and lively narrative highlighting its significance. The book also featuresa first-of-its-kind illustrated compendium with elaborate definitions of relevant terms that every baseball fan and collector needs to know, ranging from the All Star Game Uniform to the Zig-Zag Stitch. This book is an absolute must-have for anyone who has ever loved the game of baseball"--

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Game Worn: Baseball Treasures from the Game's Greatest Heroes and Moments is a richly illustrated exploration and first-of-its-kind compendium study of the world's most coveted and precious baseball uniforms worn by Major League ballplayers during the twentieth century. This coffee-table book features many of the most historically significant uniforms, jackets, hats, as well as other treasured baseball collectibles that tell us as much about the history and soul of America as they do about the game and the players.Some of the extraordinary highlights featured in this book include: Babe Ruth's road jersey from his first season with the New York Yankees (1920), the sole surviving uniform from the infamous 1919 World Series, Joe DiMaggio's rookie uniform from 1936, the Boston Red Sox road uniform Ted Williams wore during his epic 1941 season, Jackie Robinson's Brooklyn Dodgers home jersey from the 1952 season, Bill Mazeroski's Pittsburgh Pirates home uniform worn to hit the game-winning home run in game 7 of the 1960 World Series, and a visual feast of rare uniform styles.Each of the 71 entries includes sumptuous photography of the uniform and associated memorabilia, as well as a poignant and lively narrative highlighting its significance. The book also features a first-of-its-kind illustrated compendium with elaborate definitions of relevant terms that every baseball fan and collector needs to know, ranging from the All Star Game Uniform to the Zig-Zag Stitch. This book is an absolute must-have for anyone who has ever loved the game of baseball.