Powderhorns of the 399th


The long sleeves, sun collar and the odd buttons make this 399th Infantry road baseball uniform quite unusual, yet a welcomed addition to my collection.

Showing the athletic felt lettering and the wide soutache surrounding the collar and placket.

Listed at auction in May of 2016, I was happy to have insignificant competition in bidding for this uniform of the 399th Infantry Regiment that was used during World War II. The jersey and trousers are of a heavier wool flannel with unusually large, brown plastic, two-hole buttons. Also unique (as compared to other examples of military baseball uniforms) are the blank tags in both garments of this set. They were generically made to have the design and sizing information added to them (both are lacking any details) subsequent to their printing. The jersey also has a low profile sun-collar (similar to the WWII Marines jerseys).  Additional details regarding this uniform set and the team’s unit history are available: Powderhorn Baseball: Seeking on-the-Diamond Photos of the 399th.


Uniform Features:


  • Buttons: The buttons are brown-colored plastic, convex, two-hole.
  • Material: The base material is road gray wool-flannel.
  • Soutache: A double, wide line of red rayon material that encircles the collar and down the placket. The single line soutache is on the sleeve cuffs.
  • Lettering: Heavy red athletic felt block letters spelling out the team name.
  • Numerals: Heavy red athletic felt digit “9” is centered on the back..
  • Sleeves: Six inches, non-gusseted.
  • Tag: A blank manufacturer’s information tag (with style and size) is sewn sewn inside and below the back of the collar.


  • Buttons: White-colored plastic, concave, four-hole.
  • Material: The base material is road gray wool-flannel with blue pinstripes.
  • Soutache:  A single, heavy line of red rayon material vertical stripe running from the top of the waistband down the outer seams of the trousers.
  • Tags: A blank manufacturer’s information tag (with style and size) is sewn inside and below the back of the waistband.

Additional photos:

*This uniform group is presently a part of VetCollector’s collection.

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