San Francisco Giants spring training jersey worn and signed by Willie Mays

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Worn by
Mays, Willie Howard Jr., American, born 1931
Signed by
Mays, Willie Howard Jr., American, born 1931
Subject of
Major League Baseball, American, founded 1869
San Francisco Giants, American, founded 1958
Medium
wool blend, plastic, ink, and thread
Dimensions
H x W x D (On Form): 35 1/2 × 26 × 12 in. (90.2 × 66 × 30.5 cm)
H x W (Flat): 35 × 29 1/2 in. (88.9 × 74.9 cm)
Type
jerseys
sports uniforms
Place used
San Francisco, California, United States, North and Central America
Date
1959
Description
A short-sleeved beige baseball jersey. There are seven (7) clear plastic buttons going down the center front of the jersey on the proper right side and the buttonholes are on the proper left side. The jersey reads [GIANTS] across the front with the "GIA" on the proper right side and the "NTS" on the proper left side. The "G" and the "S" have a series of curves and pints around them. The letters are black patches with orange outlines.
The neckline has a thin black stripe going around it with an orange line on either side. There is a thin black band going around the bottom of each sleeve with a thin orange band on either side of the black band. There is a slit on either side of the jersey starting at the bottom and going up a couple of inches. There are several small holes near the armpits.
The proper right side of the jersey is signed in blue ink. It reads [Willie Mays]. It is signed diagonally and is placed several inches down below the "G". On the bottom proper left side of the jersey there are two rectangular felt pieces sewn on with white thread. The top piece has [W. Mays] sewn onto it in black thread. The bottom piece has [1959] sewn onto it in black thread.
The back of the jersey has a large [24] sewn onto it. The numbers are black patches with an orange background. It is located in the center of the top half of the jersey.
There is an interior manufacturer's label near the neckline. The tag is white and has black and red lines. There is a red [Wilson] logo at the top. Below there are cleaning instructions in three steps typed in black. To the proper left of the instructions there is a size [42] typed in black. At the bottom is reads [WILSON SPORTING GOODS CO. /MADE IN U.S.A.] in black.
Topic
African American
Athletes
Baseball
Clothing and dress
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2016.159.5
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title
Jock Michael Smith Collection
Classification
Clothing-Historical
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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