Having lost skippers Chuck Dressen (heart attack) and Bob Swift (lung cancer) in a span of 68 days, the Detroit Tigers named Mayo Smith as the new field general. While Smith spent less than one season in the Majors during a professional playing career of 18 years, his knowledge of the game and its elements proved just what the Tigers needed. Bringing the club to within a game of the American League flag in his inaugural season at the helm, Smith piloted the Tigers to a then-franchise record 103 triumphs and a World Series championship in 1968. This Detroit Tigers home ensemble was worn by Smith during the 1970 season, his fourth and final year in Motown. Attractive in its status as a flannel gamer, the uniform holds added appeal in that Tigers apparel from this era is exceedingly rare, due largely to the fact that the team destroyed or discarded old uniforms as a matter of routine Includes:
Jersey: a cream-colored flannel button-down garment with the club’s olde-English “D” logo sewn to the left breast in blue twill, while “10” is sewn to the back in blue block-style twill and “SMITH” is arched just above in like fashion. Blue piping lines the collar and button path, while the tapered left front tail is home to a “Wilson” size “42” label and a felt strip tag with chain stitched notations of “70” and “Set 2.” There are six holes under each arm (as tailored) to facilitate ventilation. Moderate wear is evident with minor color fading about the twill components, as well as three small team repairs on the left breast.
Pants: cream-colored flannel leg wear with blue piping lining the outer legs. There are 12 belt loops, a one-button zippered fly and two cotton-lined back pockets. The waistband’s interior is home to a “Wilson” label with ballpoint notations of “38/39W,” as well as a lengthy felt strip tag with stitched identifiers reading “10/25/70/1.” The latter tag has several instances of fabric separation. The pants show moderate wear with four holes (as tailored) in the crotch to facilitate ventilation. Amazingly, the leg openings retain their elasticity after nearly 50 years.
Accompanying is a full photo LOA from Phil Wood.