Serviceable in center field, at shortstop and second base, utility man extraordinaire Bob Saverine wore this Baltimore Orioles home jersey during the 1963 season. In the first year of the style’s three-year run, the cream-colored flannel button-down garment features “ORIOLES” arched across the chest in black-on-orange felt and “39” sewn to the back in like fashion. Orange-and-black striped piping lines the collar and sleeve endings, while the tapered left front tail is home to a “Wilson” size “40” label and a felt strip tag with chain-stitched identifiers reading “1-40-63-1.” The Memorial Stadium apparel item shows moderate wear and comes with a full photo LOA from Dave Miedema. More on our website.
Of note is the number on the back, as “39” was a replacement of Saverine’s number “1” (visible outlines remain from the “1”). The number replacement suggests subsequent wear during spring training or at the minor league level. There are six holes (as tailored) under each arm to facilitate ventilation.
In his first full season, Saverine appeared in 115 games in 1963. While he batted only .234, he did launch his first career home run and excelled in pinch-hitting roles (.375, 6-for-19). Of note later in his career, Saverine set an American League record by going 0-12 in a doubleheader (June 8-9, 1966 as a member of the Washington Senators).