Got the following email recently from reader Steve:
I bought a Rawlings authentic jersey on eBay a few weeks ago. The seller listed it as a Jose Reyes jersey but I knew it couldn’t have been because: 1) it’s a Rawlings and 2) it just had the “7”, with no player name, on the back. So, upon seeing it, I immediately thought it was a ’99 Todd Pratt jersey (I was excited someone liked Pratt as much as I did, that they’d actually get a Pratt jersey). That all changed, however, when I got it in the mail.
For starters, the authentic tag is on the inside of the jersey, not the outside, which is where it is when players get them. It also has the “flag tag” hanging from it, indicating size “42”, the Rawlings jerseys had tags in the collars with the size. Third, it has the MLB logo sewn on the back of the neck, which wasn’t done until 2000. So, all these things made me very confused. So, I got to thinking that maybe this was a minor league issued jersey (maybe the B-Mets) but I just don’t know. I was hoping there might be some way you could help. Was there someone on the B-Mets who was small enough to wear a “42” sometime after 2000 and before they started using Majestic?
As I explained to Steve, I’m not an expert at all when it comes to jersey make/models but as he did, I suspect he must have purchased a B-Mets jersey. But I don’t know for sure, and I hope you might. To sum up, Steve is looking at a “game-worn” jersey that:
1) No. 7, no name on the back
2) Size 42
3) MLB logo on the back
4) Rawlings make
If you have some ideas as to the origin of this jersey, please share them in the comments section below.
Thanks to all who showed up at last night’s event at Word Books, where I discussed Mets by the Numbers and Spike Vrusho told tales from his book on baseball brawls, flawlessly brought to life by Caryn of MetsGrrl (who I know must be saddened today by the passing of E- Streeter Danny Federici). The event was a lot of fun, and though we’d missed most of last night’s regularly-scheduled Mets game to do the event, the Mets were kind enough to give us plenty of time for drinks and triumphant game-watching afterward at Red Star.