Primarily remembered as the Yankees back-up catcher to Elston Howard and Thurman Munson, Jake Gibbs also quarterbacked the University of Mississippi to a 1961 national championship, was drafted for the NFL, and mentored Archie Manning as an Ole Miss assistant coach. His MacGregor size 44 jersey is a classic gray-flannel road example with an embroidered "41" collar tag (Gibbs' number), a "SET 1 1967" tag on the inside front tail, and a "67" marker notation on the outside front tail. The reverse numerals "66" indicate that the jersey was re-used for spring training or the minor leagues.
According to the accompanying LOA from Phil Wood, "It was not unusual for the Yankees to use a laundry marker to mark somewhere in the shirttail, the year of issue. I've not heard a singular reason why, though former Yankees' pitcher Jim Bouton (1939-2019) supplied a credible suggestion. I interviewed Bouton multiple times on the radio in the 1980s whenever he had a new version of his book Ball Four coming out. Bouton told me that longtime clubhouse manager Pete Previte (known as 'Little Pete' to distinguish him from Pete Sheehy, the other clubhouse guy), was a genuine eccentric. He was on the job from 1941 through 1971, and in the later years, was known to be extremely impatient. For instance, he was reluctant to keep in stock the beverages the players preferred, because 'they'd just drink it all up anyway.' By marking the exterior of the jersey with the year of issue meant he wouldn't have to turn the shirttail inside out to check the tag sewn in by the manufacturer. It was designed to save time when the shirts were inventoried. I have no doubts as to the authenticity of this 1967 Jake Gibbs jersey. It shows significant wear from a season where the Yankees finished 9th out of 10 teams and Gibbs did the bulk of everyday receiving. The flannel fabric itself has held up extremely well for being 55+ years old as this is written."