With a bond having formed as battery mates way back in 1937 with the Southern Association’s Atlanta Crackers, Lum Harris and Paul Richards skillfully mentored big league rosters in Chicago, Baltimore, Houston and Atlanta. This Baltimore Orioles road jersey was donned by Harris as he coached the hot corner in 1956. A scarce and desirable survivor, the gray flannel zippered garment features felt identifiers and proper “Spalding” tagging. LOA from Baltimore/Washington memorabilia expert Phil Wood. More on our website.
The gray flannel zippered garment features “Baltimore” sewn across the chest in orange-on-black felt and “26” sewn to the back in solid black felt. The left sleeve is home to an all-original chain-stitched “laughing Bird” logo patch, while black piping lines the collar and zipper path. The tapered and vented left front tail features a “Spalding” label and a size “46” tag, as well as “Harris” embroidered in black cursive and embroidered size “46” and “4in” identifiers. The left front tail’s interior is home to a laundering instructions tag and a “SET 1 1956” flap tag. There are four holes (as tailored) under each arm to facilitate ventilation. The jersey shows solid wear with all-original tagging and front felt identifiers. The number on the back is a replacement. While the original outline remains from Harris’ “26,” the black felt “26” was applied as the team re-issued the jersey either in a subsequent spring training or at the minor league level. Early Orioles gamers are in short supply and this one is a beauty!