During this off-season, one of my favorite Reds-related pick-up was a Cincinnati Tigers jersey from Ebbets Field Flannels. This jersey had been on my wishlist for years and I finally pulled the trigger during their annual sale in January.
Tigers, you say? Yes, the Cincinnati Tigers were the Queen City’s Negro League squad from 1934-37, playing their games in Crosely Field. Ebbets makes a wide variety of vintage baseball jerseys – Negro Leagues, Pacific Coast League, Latin teams, Semi-Pro, Barnstorming, you name it. But, even with all their expertise in vintage flannels, they do not have a license to create Major League Baseball jerseys. It just so happens that the Cincinnati Tigers used hand-me-down Reds road uniforms. The Reds wore this uniform in the 2011 Negro Leagues Tribute game in Milwaukee (Those uniforms done by AIS).
Each Ebbets Field jersey is made in the USA using authentic wool flannel to the period. They are meticulous in their research and re-create some beautiful pieces of baseball history. Check out their selection of jerseys and hats, drool over their vintage rayon satin jackets then stare at the New York Knights gear from the movie The Natural to melt the rest of your mind. Yep, they created those as well.
I’m proud to own this beautifully re-created piece of Cincinnati history and will be sporting it at GABP this summer. Here are a few detail photos of the jersey. Enjoy!