Willie Mays: Birmingham Black Barons Heritage Baseball Jersey

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  • Officially licensed product so a portion of all proceeds benefits the Negro League Baseball Museum.
  • Constructed out of 100% cotton.
  • Created to honor and pay tribute to Willie Mays and the Birmingham Black Barons
  • Featuring the white, black and red colors of the Birmingham Black Barons
  • To care for this jersey please hand wash cold, hang dry and the cool iron. Do not bleach.
Description

Celebrate the legacy of the Birmingham Black Barons and the legendary Willie Mays with this authentic Homestead Grays Baseball Jersey from our Heritage Collection. This jersey pays homage to the Say Hey Kid, one of the greatest all-around baseball players in history, and to the Birmingham Black Barons, a prominent Negro League team.

This high-quality cotton jersey features intricate embroidery on the sleeves, front, and back for comfort and durability. The front proudly displays "Birmingham" in bold lettering, while the back showcases "8"—the same number Willie Mays when his legendary career began with the Barons.

Willie Mays, born in 1931 in Westfield, Alabama, showed exceptional talent in baseball from a young age. In 1948, at 17, he began his professional career with the Birmingham Black Barons. His standout performance led to a contract with the New York Giants in 1950 and his major league debut in May 1951. Mays' transition from the Negro Leagues to Major League Baseball was a significant milestone in his career and the integration of baseball.

Willie Mays is often regarded as one of the greatest players ever. His career is a testament to his unparalleled speed, power, and defensive skill. Over his 22-year career, Mays amassed an impressive list of accolades: he was a 24-time All-Star, a two-time National League MVP, and a 12-time Gold Glove Awards winner. His 660 home runs and iconic catch in the 1954 World Series are legendary. Mays' ability to excel in all aspects of the game set him apart from his peers. His youthful energy and approachable and exuberant personality earned him the nickname "The Say Hey Kid."

Willie Mays' impact on baseball extends beyond his statistical achievements; he embodies the spirit and excellence of the sport. His journey from the Negro Leagues to becoming one of Major League Baseball's most celebrated figures serves as an inspiration to countless athletes. As Leo Durocher, Mays' manager with the Giants, famously said, "If somebody came up and hit .450, stole 100 bases, and performed a miracle in the field every day, I'd still look you in the eye and say Willie was better." This reverence for Mays speaks volumes about his enduring legacy in baseball.

By honoring Willie Mays and his origins with the Birmingham Black Barons, we celebrate not only his greatness but also the rich history and significance of the Negro Leagues in shaping the landscape of American baseball.

One sleeve of the jersey is adorned with a detailed embroidered baseball featuring the team's name and the year "1923". 1923 holds significant importance for the Birmingham Black Barons as it marks a pivotal moment in their history. In 1923, the Black Barons became one of the founding members of the Negro Southern League (NSL), a crucial development in the structure and organization of Negro League baseball.

The formation of the NSL provided a more organized and competitive environment for African-American baseball teams in the South, allowing the Black Barons to showcase their talent on a broader stage.

The other sleeve features a black bock with red accents and lettering. The letters feature "BBB" the iconic abbreviation of the Birmingham Black Barons Baseball team.

The Birmingham Black Barons were an African-American professional baseball team based in Birmingham, Alabama, celebrated for their competitive spirit and significant contributions to Negro League history. Founded in 1920, they played at historic Rickwood Field and produced legendary players like Willie Mays, Satchel Paige, Piper Davis, and Artie Wilson. Throughout their heyday from 1920 to 1960, the Black Barons won multiple league titles and consistently competed at the highest levels, drawing large crowds and fostering a passionate fanbase. Their legacy endures through their championship successes and pivotal role in breaking down racial barriers in sports.

The Negro Leagues were professional baseball leagues comprising predominantly African-American players. These leagues thrived at a time when Major League Baseball was segregated. It offered talented Black players the chance to play professionally. This jersey is a nod to these athletes' exceptional talent, resilience, and passion.

Collection The Heritage Collection
Edition Open Edition
Medium Cotton
SKU NHJER2BB-IVY
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07/09/2024
Jerry M.
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THANKFUL

I am thankful for this addition to my collection. I have a nice historical collection.

07/09/2024

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07/09/2024
Robert T.
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Framed

Great quality product. The texture of the old school uniforms I grew-up with! Wry authentic replica of the original.

07/09/2024

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