Brown: 19th-century baseball uniform database updates: 1888

From SABR member Craig Brown at Threads of our Game on July 3, 2016:

Hopefully you are celebrating our country’s birth with a relaxing 3-day holiday. One great way to kick back is to go back—all the way to the 19th century, and to when the game was young (and surprisingly colorful). Below are links to new uniform updates from 1888 posted to this website. Enjoy.

1888 New York
Reportedly the brainchild of Tim Keefe, the Giants introduced an all-black tight-fitting uniform on July 28, 1888—17 years before John McGraw had the idea. Scroll down to the written documentation to read the crowd reaction.
See the uniform

1888 St. Louis
The Browns had great looking uniforms in 1888—but the shirt lettering was sooo big, it was hard to see where the city name started and where it ended.
See the uniform

1888 Detroit
Detroit unveiled a pinstriped shirt in 1888, 24 years before the Yankees jumped on board.
See the uniform

1888 Washington
The Washingtons wore pinstripes too in 1888—but get out your magnifier, these babies were subtle.
See the uniform

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Originally published: July 5, 2016. Last Updated: July 5, 2016.