The 1914 Yankees Uniforms Were Sentenced to Sing Sing Prison

What happens to the game-used uniforms of a Major League baseball club after the season ends? These days they are authenticated (under the MLB Authentication Program) and are often sold or offered at auction. The New York Yankees’ uniforms traveled a very different route after the 1914 season. The team donated their uniforms to the inmates league at Sing Sing Prison.

YANKEES SING SING UNIFORMS

After the  club found a good home for their old uniforms they decided to make some uniform changes for the 1915 season.

1915 YANKEES UNIFORMS

1914 would mark the last season that the Yankees’ home uniforms did not feature pinstripes. 1914 also represents the last season that the club wore their interlocking “NY” on their road jerseys. The team’s 1915 home uniforms still utilized the interlocking “NY,” but it was now set against a field of navy blue pinstripes—a look quite familiar nearly a century later.

While the new road uniforms were quite creative, blue, red, and green pinstripes proved to be but a passing fad for the team.

1915_YANKEES OUTFIELD

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The 1914 Yankees Uniforms Were Sentenced to Sing Sing Prison — 3 Comments

  1. Something isn’t right here. If we look at the Dressed to the Nines database based on Mark Okkonen’s book “Baseball Uniforms of the 20th Century” the 1915 does not match what is described in the New York Times article.
    http://exhibits.baseballhalloffame.org/dressed_to_the_nines/uniforms.asp?league=AL&city=New+York&lowYear=1910&highYear=1928&sort=year&increment=18&=Display+uniforms

    The road uniforms aren’t pinstriped until 1916 and the home caps are for 1915 are white with pinstripes.
    Then what year was the photo taken? Just doing a quick search Elmer Miller played for the Yankees from 1915-1922 ad Hugh High from 1915 to 1918. Yet it looks like the player on the right who seems to be Hugh High is wearing the 1912 uniform while the player to his left Elmer Miller isn’t wearing any uniform as shown on Dressed to the Nines. It looks likes he’s wearing the jersey and hat from different years together. Then the leftmost player Don Brown (whom I can’t seem to find any information on) is the socks and hat from 1919 at the earliest.

    • The photo is from the Library of Congress’ Bain Collection, referenced as being from 1915. Don Brown (James Donaldson (“Don”) Brown) was selected by the Yankees from Topeka (Western Association) in the Rule 5 Major League draft on September 15, 1915. He never appeared in a game with the Yankees. Gene Layden played for the 1915 Yankees and appeared in three games, his only MLB service. So it appears likely that the photo is in fact from 1915.

      I have some inquiries out there about the 1915 uniforms and “Dressed to the Nines”-stay tuned.

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