Vintage Unis Make a Comeback

Throwback jersey company revives sports history
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 12, 2008 5:24 AM CDT
Milwaukee Brewers' Bill Hall, left, and Corey Hart wore throwback uniforms on June 23, 2007 in a salute to the Negro Leagues.    (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
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(Newser) – Ebbets Field may be long gone, but Ebbets Field Flannels is still bringing back wearable pieces of baseball history. ESPN takes a tour of the vintage jersey company that Jerry Cohen started in 1987 to fulfill special orders for throwback sportswear. Since then, the business has stayed niche but the clients have gotten bigger: major-league teams are catching the vintage bug.

From the Dodgers' Old-Timers celebration to mark their 50th opening day in California, to the Brewers' donning old Negro League uniforms, throwback duds have become a customary sight in the big leagues. But most of Cohen's business still comes from small-scale, mail-order commissions that trickle in, and his favorite projects are the tricky, little-known minor-league uniforms worn by customers' grandfathers. (Read more baseball stories.)