Smithsonian Books and collector/author Stephen Wong have collaborated on a new book that’s being released this month.
Game Worn: Baseball Treasures from the Game’s Greatest Heroes and Moments showcases baseball uniforms from 20th century Major League players, including the historically significant jerseys, jackets, hats, and other collectibles.
Wong, who wrote Smithsonian Baseball, Inside the World’s Finest Private Collections in 2005, is a lifelong collector of rare and historically significant baseball memorabilia. On the Game Worn project, he worked with Dave Grob, Senior Baseball Uniform Researcher and Evaluator at MEARS.
The 320-page coffee table book chronicles the evolution of baseball uniforms through the use of photographs and narratives exploring their significance. The book also includes information meant to help collectors understand some of the terminology used by collectors of game-worn memorabilia.
The jerseys and uniforms items featured in the book came from both public and private collections. They 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 others chosen for the significance of the player, moment in baseball history, or uniform style.
The book can be ordered through Amazon via this link.