Swashbuckling diamond stars wore these (5) uniform items as the Pirates contended during the 1970s through 1990s. With twill identifiers and proper tagging, the garments were worn by: Mario Mendoza (1979 team-issued jersey); Johnny Ray (1980s game-worn warm-up jacket); Doug Drabek (1988 game-worn warm-up jersey); Jim Leyland (1987-1996 game-worn warm-up jersey): and a 1970s home jersey with several player possibilities. More on our website.
Pittsburgh Pirates 1971-1976 Game-Worn Home jersey: a white knit pullover garment with “PIRATES” arched across the chest in black-on-yellow twill and “11” sewn to the back in like fashion. Black-and-yellow stretch ribbed knit lines the collar, while black-white-and-yellow striped stretch ribbed knit lines the sleeve endings. The tapered front tail features a “Rawlings” size “42” label. Heavy wear is evident with scattered dirt stains throughout and color fading. Of note is a number change on the back, as outlines of a “3” remain. This suggests that the jersey was originally worn by Rimp Lanier (1971) or Richie Hebner (1972-1976) and re-issued to either Jose Pagan (1971-1972), Jerry McNertney (1973), Dal Maxvill (1973-1974) or Mario Mendoza (1974-1976).
Mario Mendoza 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates Team-Issued Road Jersey: a black knit pullover garment with “PIRTAES” arched across the chest in yellow twill, “11” sewn to the back and left front and “MENDOZA” arched just above the back number in like fashion. Black-and-yellow striped stretch ribbed knit lines the V-neck, while black-white-and-yellow striped stretch ribbed knit lines the sleeve endings. On the tapered left front tail, a “Descente” label is accompanied by a laundering instructions tag and a swatch with embroidered identifiers reading “36 38 79.” The latter detail (combined with the fact that the jersey shows no wear) suggests that this garment was tailored for Mendoza’s use well in advance of the 1979 season, as he was dealt to Seattle in December, 1978.
Johnny Ray 1981-1987 Pittsburgh Pirates Game-Worn Warm-Up Jacket: a yellow knit pullover garment with a team logo embroidered to the left breast, “3” sewn to the back in black twill and “RAY” arched just above in like fashion. Black-and-yellow striped stretch ribbed knit lines the zippered collar, short sleeve endings and waistline. The collar’s interior is home to a fabric content tag with a size “LARGE” identifier. Light wear is evident.
Doug Drabek 1988 Pittsburgh Pirates Game-Worn Warm-Up Jersey: a black mesh pullover garment with “PIRATES” arched across the chest in yellow twill and “15” sewn to the back in like fashion. Black-and-yellow striped stretch ribbed knit lines the V-neck and sleeve endings, while a team logo patch adorns the left sleeve. Within the left front tail, a “Rawlings” size “44” label is accompanied by a “SET 1 1988” flap tag. Moderate wear is evident with minimal color fading and puckering about the twill components.
Jim Leyland 1987-1996 Pittsburgh Pirates Signed Game-Worn Warm-Up Jersey: a black mesh pullover garment with an elasticized tail and two front pockets. In yellow twill, “PIRATES” is arched across the chest, while “11” is sewn to the back. Black-and-yellow striped stretch ribbed knit lines the zippered collar and sleeve endings. A “Majestic” label resides within the collar. Executed vertically on the back “1,” Leyland’s black marker autograph projects (“8-9”) strength. Moderate wear is evident.
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