Simply put, regarding post-war flannel diamond apparel, it doesn’t get much more appealing than this Boston Braves game-worn ensemble. These road garments were worn at National League venues sometime (and likely repeatedly) between the 1947 and 1949 seasons, which included the franchise’s last pennant-winning campaign before greener pastures in Milwaukee called. Includes: Phil Masi Jersey a flannel zippered garment with “Braves” angled across the chest in red-on-black felt, the script-style name accented by the tomahawk logo. On the back, “38” is a changed and restored identifier sewn in red-on-black felt with outlines of “10” (Masi’s number during the referenced period) clearly visible just beneath. Red-on-black trim lines the collar, button path and sleeve endings, and a Braves logo patch adorns the left sleeve. Within the collar, a “Horace Partridge” local manufacturer’s label is accompanied by a size “44” flap tag and a felt strip tag with a stitched notation of “Masi.” There are (6) holes (as tailored) under each arm to facilitate ventilation. The all-original garment shows moderate wear. Pants flannel leg wear with two canvas-lined back pockets, a one-button zippered fly, six belt loops and red-on-black piping lining the outer legs and belt loops. Within the fly, a “Horace Partridge Co.” label denotes size “38.” At the back of the waistband’s interior, “31” is stitched in red numerals, indicating that these pants were worn by Mike McCormick (1947-1948) or Marv Rickert (1949). Moderate wear. Also included is a pair of stirrup socks worn by an unknown Braves player between 1941 and 1945. Full photo LOA from Dave Miedema.
The replacement number on the back of the jersey suggests that the jersey was worn by Masi in 1947 and re-issued to sparingly used pitcher Jim Prendergast in 1948, as “38” was not to be worn by another Braves player until Bill Bruton was issued the number in 1953. By that time, however, the club had moved to Milwaukee and added numbers to the left front of its jerseys.