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Smithsonian Books Releases "Game Worn"

Baseball Memorabilia Collector’s Book Available Oct. 25

October 24, 2016

Smithsonian Books is releasing Game Worn: Baseball Treasures from the Game’s Greatest Heroes and Moments Oct. 25. The coffee-table book showcases baseball uniforms from 20th-century major league players, including the historically significant jerseys, jackets, hats and other collectibles that together tell as much about the history and soul of America as they do about the game and its players.

Some of the highlights include Babe Ruth’s road jersey from his first season with the New York Yankees (1920), the sole surviving uniform from the infamous 1919 World Series, Joe DiMaggio’s rookie uniform from 1936, the Boston Red Sox road uniform Ted Williams wore during his epic 1941 season, Jackie Robinson’s Brooklyn Dodgers home jersey from the 1952 season, Bill Mazeroski’s Pittsburgh Pirates home uniform worn to hit the game-winning home run in game seven of the 1960 World Series and many others chosen for the significance of the player, moment in baseball history or uniform style.

Game Worn chronicles the evolution of baseball uniforms using rich photography and lively narratives exploring their significance. The book also features a first-of-its-kind illustrated compendium of terminology, ranging from the All Star Game Uniform to the Zig-Zag Stitch. The book is a must-have for anyone who has ever loved the game of baseball.

About the Authors

Stephen Wong, a lifelong collector of rare and historically significant baseball artifacts, has advised a number of the world’s top collectors and has lent his expertise to numerous baseball exhibitions, including those at the Chicago Historical Society, the Museum of the City of New York, the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center and the National Museum of American Jewish History. Dave Grob is the nation’s foremost authenticator of vintage major league baseball uniforms.

About the Book

Title: Game Worn: Baseball Treasures from the Game's Greatest Heroes and Moments
Authors: Stephen Wong and Dave Grob
On-Sale Date: 10/25/2016
Price: $34.95 / Pages: 320
ISBN: 978-1-58834-571-4
Smithsonian Books

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Book cover for Game Worn