The offered road jersey was worn by a Senators principal in 1968 and/or 1969, which marked the start of new owner Bob Short's efforts to relocate the team. This gray flannel button-down garment features “Senators” angled across the chest in red-on-blue double tackle twill and “9” sewn to the back in like fashion. Identical “Wilson” size “44” labels reside within the collar and on the tapered and vented left front tail, while a tag denoting “1968 – SET 1” is sewn to the latter location. The item has six holes (as tailored) under each arm to facilitate ventilation and exhibits medium to heavy wear, with puckering about the twill components and thinning fabric near the number. Additionally, the number appears to have been changed, suggesting the possibility that the jersey was issued to skipper Ted Williams for the 1969 season. The number stitching is not consistent with that on the team name and “9” was worn by Frank Howard in 1968, though it is very unlikely that a man of Howard's physical stature (6-foot-7, 255 lbs.) wore a size 44 jersey. The very real possibility that Williams donned this jersey only adds to its already noteworthy aesthetic appeal as a vintage flannel from one of the game's most revered franchises. Additional details are available on our website.
After collecting more information from several Senators memorabilia experts, it has been determined that this jersey (and a handful like it) were renumbered in early 1969 with Ted Williams famous #9. The owner, Bob Short, wanted to promote the Williams hire and had the jersey made, presumably for scouts at try-out camps. The listed jersey was not worn by nor made for Ted Williams.
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