About Threads

Threads Of Our Game is a website for the baseball obsessed. It’s a website for those who are simply fascinated by the game’s first decades.

There are already many great resources to tell you who won, who lost, and who played—way back when. Now, Threads will tell you what they wore—way back when.

Welcome to Threads Of Our Game, a visual almanac of 19th-century baseball uniforms by Craig Brown. Here you can view renderings of long-forgotten baseball threads. Over 300 uniform drawings have been completed so far, each based on visual documentation and written resources from the period.

We encourage you to send feedback on the drawings you find on these pages. Or better yet, we hope you can contribute research to this project. As you might imagine, there are many uniforms that require better documentation and study. We truly hope you will join us in making this uniform database the single documented resource for baseball historians everywhere.

You can send information by emailing us at threadsofourgame(at)gmail(dot)com

We’re just warming up
Threads Of Our Game was launched in the summer of 2014 and over time we’ll be adding more and more content. The scope of this project is the period 1856-1900. Under the ‘Purpose & Scope’ pull-down, there is more detail about the teams and leagues we will include in this database. Bookmark this site so you can return to see all of our updates as we go.

19th-Century Baseball
Yes. There was baseball before 1900. In fact, there was six decades of it. What began as organized exercise in the 1840s became a national obsession in the 1850s. The game became a business in the 1860s and the first leagues arrived in the 1870s. And with each evolution, the allure of baseball remained.

For the Love of Uniforms
Not many things came before the uniform in baseball. Nine innings came later. The overhand delivery came later. The fielder’s glove came later. The designated hitter came much later. But almost from the beginning, uniforms were there. They link the old game with today’s game, just as they link one generation of fans to the next. In many ways, uniforms are the threads of our game.

Are You Thread-worthy?
This website is for you—the baseball historian, the vintage league player and any fan fascinated by the old game. We are looking for individuals like yourself to supply unique, local knowledge and expertise about a team or region.

Do you…
—-have information that can make a uniform rendering more accurate?
—-have a high-quality picture that shows uniform detail?
—-know about a uniform not shown?
—-see an error in this database?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then Threads needs you!

Diggers Wanted
If you send us information we can use, you will be credited as a “digger” in association with that particular uniform. Our hope is that we will discover several baseball historians in each city who are committed to our cause and who can send us new discoveries or volunteer research time. There’s a lot of information buried out there—we just need to dig.

We’re also looking for historians with other interests, too, such as 19th-century fashion, garment manufacturing and period typography. We want this database to be as accurate as possible and this can only be accomplished with some heavy hitters!

Sending Information
To submit comments or corrections about a particular uniform, please email us using the “Email Craig” link under the masthead. We’ll respond to you via email as soon as we can. Please note, your email address will not be shared with any outside party. There is no fee to view the database.

Looking for a Partner
We are looking for a noted baseball historian to join the Threads team. We want a partner with a keen interest in the visual history of the early game—-someone that can add valuable insights, validity and potentially co-author this project. We are also looking for a business partner or organization who can help realize the greater potential of this project. Please contact us by email if you would like to discuss this topic further. Batter up!

About the Artist
Craig Brown has been attending baseball games since 1969. He is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research and a friend of the Rochester Baseball Historical Society. He is a design and marketing professional living in Atlanta.

That’s me at an Orioles game, summer 1971.
I hope you enjoy your ‘Threads’ visit as much as I enjoyed that super-cool replica batting helmet. –CB