When you were a kid, you had all these ideas about what your adult life would be like. Several different levels of rationality: getting married, being a firefighter, having too many dogs. Others are a bit fancier, like, “I’ll have cereal for dinner whenever I want.” Once, after my grandmother told me I couldn’t wear a baseball jersey to a family event, I told her that, when I grew up, I would wear a baseball jersey all the time. And while that’s not a factual statement, as an adult I still find them to be basically perfect, whether you care about the game or not — and for all the reasons I want to. wore them as a teenager.
I don’t watch baseball as much as I do today. I might watch a live Cubs or Mets game from time to time, or oversleep with a random one on a lazy weekend afternoon. But at this point, I’ve got no less than 15 shirts in my rotation. They remind me of the joy the game gave me as a child — and baseball, of course, comes from enjoying yourself during the hotter months of the year. Peanuts, Cracker Jack, dog days, adorable losers, Bad News Bears, and all that, but also standout jerseys. They were created with the idea that the players would get them dirty while playing, but then the next day they would go out for another game and they would come back in pristine new uniforms. Hardly dressed, but it reminds you that soccer players often wear clothes to work.
However, it took me a while to get there. Not long ago, I watched Spike Lee’s do the right thing, and I can’t help but think about what Lee’s Mookie, in his Jackie Robinson No 42 jersey, looks like. So I started doing a little research to find one, before deciding on the Sandy Koufax Dodgers jersey. And even though three-time winner Cy Young (celebrity are not throw the first game of the 1965 World Series because it fell on Yom Kippur) spent most of his career with the Dodgers after they moved to LA, when I got dressed, every few blocks in Brooklyn someone blocked me from talking me about the jerseys, Koufax, Dodgers, or New York region they played in “the day before”.
That experience, more than anything, led me to the baseball jersey. They inspire something unique. You may wear a basketball jersey or a soccer jersey and people may start talking to you, but there’s something about baseball that brings hard deaths. There’s also the fact that, in the summer, baseball jerseys are fun to wear. You can do a lot with them. Again, I’m looking to Spike Lee for inspiration, specifically the scene in Mo ‘Better Blues where Denzel Washington hangs out with his father, played by Dick Allen Williams. Denzel wears an old New York Giants jersey with a matching hat, his dad wears one Pittsburgh Crawfords Shirts that I must believe were not easy to obtain in 1990 (as the Negro Leagues only operated between 1933 and 1940). It shows a bit of an obsession that people who buy and wear baseball jerseys often have, but also a neat variation on how to wear it. Both Washington and Williams wore long-sleeved shirts underneath and paired them with jeans. Similarly, if you are one of those people who have a habit of watching Playground for children every year or so, you’ll know that Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez has some great fights throughout the movie, like old Levis cuffed on his ankles to show off his black PF Flyers. But my personal favorite is the oversized, no team 30 jersey, worn oversized with a shirt with green ¾ sleeve trim underneath it. I have this 1960s Cuban Cienfuegos Elefantes jersey that some guy sold on my back. It was a little too big for me, but I picked it up and started wearing it like The Jet, usually with a pair of chinos or even a couple of sweatpants as I ran to the farmers market.
But the thing that goes best with a baseball shirt is a pair of shorts. You want comfort and fun; a pair of mesh shorts from Rowing Blazers or a pair in boxy linen from Stüssy usually works fine. But really the perfect shorts to pair with a baseball shirt are the trusty Patagonia Baggies. Ken Griffey Jr’s jersey. at my late ’90s Seattle Mariners matched my green Baggies. The Yomiuri (Tokyo) Giants jersey in gray with orange lining around the numbers and logos is fun to wear with the difficult to match Tigerlilly Orange Baggs. Oakland A’s green and yellow training shirt in mesh, buttonless, with Reggie Jackson’s name and number on the back looks pretty good with the black Baggies. I can’t think of much more to say about Chill Guy than a pair of shorts and a baseball shirt. In fact, the trick is just to match it properly so you don’t look also chilled.
The most beautiful thing about summer baseball jerseys is the way it connects us to the past. A while back, I wore the Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh Pirates jersey that Mitchell and Ness wore a few years ago. An elderly man struck up a conversation with me, telling me Clemente was his favorite ballplayer, even though he was born in upper Manhattan (near the Polo Grounds) to a father rooted in Giants and transferred his allegiance to the Yankees when the group moved to San Francisco. He told me about how he met Willie Mays a few times when he was a kid, and how the star used to hang out with the kids who lived in his neighborhood. I’ve always liked Mays, always fascinated by the legend of the Hall of Fame. And because of that conversation, I pulled out a bunch of Say-Hey Kid highlights I could find on YouTube, then went on to add his jerseys to my growing collection. .