1950s Marine Corps League Baseball Uniform

This 1950s road gray uniform (Oliver Bros. of Philadelphia, PA) appears to be in decent condition yet shows signs of game use. It differs very much from the WWII era uniforms with the script lettering, rounded shirt tails (source: eBay image).

The most commonly available military baseball uniform that is seen listed at auction for sale is the road gray (trimmed in red), World War II-era version. These are so commonplace that as many as 2-3 are for listed for sale per month just on eBay. It appears that the Marines were the most prolific in terms of outfitting their service teams. Another reason for the readily available Marines uniform is that the US Marine Corps were consistent with what was distributed to their servicemen whether in the South Pacific or domestically (rather than each command in each of the other branches designing their individual team uniforms). For these reasons, this uniform stood out when it was listed in 2015.

The design of this uniform is quite comparable to what is seen with professional and local teams from the mid-late 1950s. The manufacturer’s tag reveals that this uniform was supplied through Philadelphia (Oliver Brothers) but could have been manufactured by one of the larger sporting goods manufactures.

The trousers are matching grey flannel and are appointed with the red rayon soutache down the outer seems of the legs.

Uniform Features:

Jersey:

  • Buttons: The buttons are white-colored plastic, convex, two-hole which might indicate that the uniform was manufactured by Goldsmith/MacGregor.
  • Material: The base material is road gray wool-flannel.
  • Soutache: A doubled, 1/2-inch line of red rayon material that encircles the collar and down the placket. A single line soutache is also on the sleeve cuffs.
  • Lettering: The “Marine” script is direct, chain-stitch embroidered across both sides of the placard with “Corps League” also directly embroidered, inset in a smaller script lettering.
  • Numerals: None shown.
  • Sleeves: Four inches, vented and non-gusseted.
  • Tags: “Oliver Bros. of Philadelphia, PA” sewn inside and below the back of the collar.

Trousers:

  • Buttons: The four buttons are white-colored plastic, convex, two-hole.
  • Material: The base material is road gray wool-flannel.
  • Soutache: A 1/2-inch line of red rayon material (matching the soutache on the jersey) runs from the waistband, down the length of the outer leg seams.
  • Tags: None shown.

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