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National League Boston Beaneaters, c. 1897
Clockwise from top: Fred Tenney, Herman Long,
Jimmy Collins, Bobby Lowe

Jersey worn by Boston Beaneaters
second baseman Bobby Lowe, c. 1897


The shield-front jersey first gained popularity among baseball players during the late 1850s. Many of the leading clubs of the 1860s and 1870s wore the style reminiscent of volunteer fire company uniforms, but by the late 1870s most clubs had switched to laced-front and button-down jerseys. The Boston Beaneaters revived the shield-front uniform in 1897, but by the turn of the century the old-fashioned style was abandoned for good.


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