Preceding the franchise’s familiar black-and-orange hues, an appropriate red-white-and-blue scheme was fashioned by the New York baseball Giants as World War II waged on. A scarce and incredibly preserved survivor, this jacket was worn by a Giants player during those turbulent times. The blue wool zippered garment features cream-colored leather sleeves and is accented by an “NY” logo sewn in red pile to a white felt plate on the left breast. Red-white-and-blue striped stretch ribbed cotton lines the collar, waistline and sleeve endings, while two front pockets feature red trim along the openings. Within the left front tail, a “Gold Smith” label is accompanied by a size “46” tag. Within the collar, a felt tag has a chain-stitched “21” identifier. The all-original garment presents beautifully.
Pre-dating Gold Smith’s merger with MacGregor, the item dates to 1940-1946. During that time of war-ravaged rosters, no fewer than 11 different Giants players wore the number “21!” Among them were (sequentially): Paul Dean, Bill McGee, Charlie Fox, Dave Koslo, Johnny Allen, Nap Reeves, Bob Bathelson, Whitey Miller, Jack Brewer, Jack Graham and Dick Lajeskie. Note: the zipper on this jacket is present but does not work.