Setting an impressive precedent by winning 49 of 53 starts in the American Legion, 17-year-old Mike McCormick signed with the New York Giants and debuted without having spent a day in the minors. A seven-year veteran at 24, McCormick was dealt to Baltimore, where he wore this Orioles road jersey during the 1963 campaign. The gray flannel zippered garment features felt identifiers, proper “Spalding” tagging and a “Laughing Bird” patch, which was in its ninth and final season that year. The all-original Orioles gamer shows light wear and is an early representation worn by the first Cy Young Award winner in Giants history. Full photo LOA from Dave Miedema. More on our website.
The gray flannel zippered garment features “Baltimore” angled across the chest in orange-on-black felt, with a lengthy paraph accenting the script-style city name. McCormick’s number “40” is sewn to the back and left front in like fashion, while a smiling Bird logo patch adorns the left sleeve. Black piping lines the collar and button path, while a “Spalding” label is sewn to the tapered left front tail. Within the collar, a felt strip tag has chain-stitched identifiers reading “63 40 44,” respectively denoting year, uniform number and size. There are four holes (as tailored) under each arm to facilitate ventilation. Light wear is evident with stains about the collar and remnants of a previous unknown patch beneath the “laughing Bird” patch.
Did you know … ??? McCormick obtained vanity license plates that read “MR 500” as he launched the 500th home run ever hit by a pitcher and was the victim of Hank Aaron’s 500th career circuit clout.