A 1918 New York Yankees History Lesson

From time to time we like to feature a jersey and let you know a little more about it.  Why we made it, what makes it special or anything else we think might be of interest. 

For today, here a some miscellaneous facts about the 1918 New York Yankees road jersey.

  • The United States entered into the World War I conflict in 1917. The Yankees showed their support of the war effort in 1918 by wearing a red, white and blue felt patch around the left sleeve of their jersey.
  • The block lettering featured on this jersey established the style that continues to be used on road Yankees jerseys to this day.
  • The Yankees finished in 4th place in 1918 with a record of 60 - 63.  The World Series Champions were the Boston Red Sox.
  • In this war shortened season each team played 26 fewer games than usual.  As a result, 1918 is the only year when the entire World Series was played in the month of September.
  • Key players: C - Truck Hannah / 1B - Wally Pipp / 2B - Del Pratt / SS -  Roger Peckinpaugh / 3B -  Frank Baker / OF - Ping Bodie, Frank Gilhooley, Elmer Miller / P - Slim Love, Ray Caldwell, Allen Russell, George Mogridge / Manager Miller Huggins (first year as Manager)
  • The Yankees started their pre-season training on March 11th in Macon, GA.
  • No player numbers were worn at this time.

So there you have it.  Some random facts to impress your friends and family. 

Let us know if there are any jerseys you'd like to learn more about and we'll see what we can do.

 

 

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