|Alternate Name||Baseball Jersey|
Man's baseball jersey. Made of gray wool with mottled blue throughout, trimmed with royal blue braid. Jersey has short sleeves, and is machine-embroidered with team name "Carver" in blue on front above blue embroidered band with "A.C." in beige. Front button closure. Felt player number "11" on back is mostly worn off. There are eight vent holes under each arm.
(Keywords: Fashion, Sports Teams, Twentieth Century, New York)
|Acquisition||Gift of Jeffrey J. Safford|
|Ownership and History||
This shirt was worn by Jeffrey J. Safford when he played as a substitute pitcher for a mostly-black team, the George Washington Carver Athletic Club. He was introduced to the team by members who were classmates at Tottenville High School. The team was based in Sandy Ground, a Staten Island community with a long history of African-American culture.
In 1995, Jeffrey Safford wrote a letter to share his memories of playing for the Carver A.C. team. An excerpt is below:
"I must say that for some white kids the prospect of playing for a black team against another black team before black spectators might have been formidable. But the black kids from Sandy Ground who went to Tottenville High were uniformly good people, and I had, moreover, developed a respect for the history of Sandy Ground’s black community from Dad. So I had no difficulty in accepting the invitation.
"In short, after taking a couple of public bus rides via Richmond Avenue and Arthur Kill Road (we lived in Great Kills), I appeared at the playing field--a rough affair surrounded, to my memory, by woods. To my surprise, the manager of the Carver A.C. ball team was blind--a middle-aged man seated in a chair or on the bench. I was introduced to him, and his response was to run his hand and fingers over my face so as to familiarize himself with me. For me that was an unusual and memorable experience, and my own heart still reaches out to him and to those kids who treasured him so. I remember little of the game. We won. I think I pitched creditably, but not outstandingly. I did not play again for Carver A.C., but retained the shirt. I think it belongs more properly in a repository such as yours…”
Clothing & dress
|Lexicon Sub-category||Clothing -- Outerwear|
Safford, Jeffrey J.
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