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Baseball Jersey and Catcher’s Mitt

03/11/2014

One in 8.5 Million

The Virginia Historical Society has been collecting since 1831. Included in our unique collection are 8-million processed manuscripts, 200,000 books, 290,000 prints and photographs, and 32,000 museum objects documenting the daily lives and times of all Virginians. The object featured here offers one opportunity to look into the past. Millions more treasures await you at our headquarters in Richmond, by appointment at Virginia House, and online at vahistorical.org.

Baseball Jersey and Catcher’s Mitt

Baseball Jersey, c. 1930, wool. (Virginia Historical Society, 2007.11.1.A, purchased though through the William Anderson Hagey Fund)

Baseball Jersey, c. 1930, wool. (Virginia Historical Society, 2007.11.1.A, purchased though through the William Anderson Hagey Fund)

Catcher’s Mitt, c. 1930, Wilson, leather and steel. (Virginia Historical Society, 2007.11.2, purchased through the William Anderson Hagey Fund)

Catcher’s Mitt, c. 1930, Wilson, leather and steel. (Virginia Historical Society, 2007.11.2, purchased through the William Anderson Hagey Fund)

This jersey worn by Tyler Phenix of Kenbridge, Virginia, is a typical example of baseball uniforms from the 1930s. Made of wool, it would have been especially hot in summer. The blue felt “K” represented his team’s hometown. Phenix went onto to play for and manage many teams. As a catcher, Phenix used this webbed catcher’s mitt that, because of a rise in hand injuries, had replaced the fingerless leather gloves of the previous decade.

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