The favorite jerseys of my collection

Through the years built a small collection of baseball jerseys. It all started in 1991 when I got the jersey of my very first baseball club, now defunct Amstel Tijgers, three-time Dutch champion. From that moment on more jerseys got my way. This is an overview of the favorite jerseys of my collection.

Amsterdam Baseball
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I got this jersey as a small thank you for the writing that I did for the now defunct Euro League Baseball. The intention was to start a professional baseball league in Europe in which the top teams of several European countries would participate. But thanks to the sabotage of the European Baseball Confederation and the KNBSB, the league lasted only one season without top teams from Italy and the Netherlands. This jersey would have been worn if players from L&D Amsterdam Pirates would have gotten the permission to play for Amsterdam Baseball.

Durham Bulls (replica)
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Since the release of the movie Bull Durham, I have a soft spot for the Durham Bulls.
This jersey is a replica of the road jersey the club wore during the mid-2000s.

Seattle Mariners (authentic)
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This was the second jersey I added to my collection. I bought it in 1995 in a sports store in Fresno. Back then these jerseys were still affordable as I paid “only” $125 for it. Since it was my first authentic MLB jersey, it has a special place in my collection.

L&D Amsterdam Pirates (authentic)
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This is the road jersey of the flagship team of Amsterdam Pirates. I got this as a gift from their former third base coach. In Dutch sports (not only in baseball) many teams play with the name of a sponsor on the jersey. In the case of L&D Amsterdam Pirates, it is clear who the sponsor is as the team adopted L&D Amsterdam (Pirates) as its official name.

New York Yankees (authentic)
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Actually, this needs no introduction. The home jersey of my favorite MLB team.

Montgomery Biscuits (replica)
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Until a few years ago, the Montgomery Biscuits played with sleeveless jerseys of which this is a replica. Underneath the sleeveless jersey, the team wore an undershirt with the M logo on the left sleeve. Since I am a sucker for sleeveless jerseys and the Biscuits are my favorite minor league team, I really wanted to get this one.

De Glaskoning Twins (authentic)
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De Glaskoning Twins is a Dutch hoofdklasse (Major League) team from Oosterhout in the province of Noord Brabant. The team has a glass supplier (De Glaskoning) as its main sponsor of which the logo is worn on the back. Next to L&D Amsterdam Pirates, De Glaskoning Twins is my favorite club in the Dutch hoofdklasse. I got this jersey as a small thank you for the writing I did for their website.

Dutch national team (authentic)
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The jersey of the Dutch national team, now officially called team Kingdom of the Netherlands. This jersey is from the 2013 World Baseball Classic in which the team managed to reach the semi-finals in which it lost vs the Dominican Republic.

Cuban national team (authentic)
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Back in the 1990s, I got this uniform by Mizuno from my neighbor. During the Haarlem Baseball Week, he was standing next to the Cuban dugout and some player gave this to him. As he knew how crazy I was for the game of baseball, my neighbor gave it to me. 🙂

Swedish national team (authentic)
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I always liked this Swedish jersey. When I got into contact with a sports store in Maastricht in the Netherlands, that was selling the brand of the jersey, I asked them if they could get me one, so I could buy it. And so it happened. Even though the blue on the jersey isn’t quite the blue of the Swedish flag, which is merely royal blue, I like this jersey a lot.

Amstel Tijgers road jersey (authentic)
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Amstel Tijgers was a now-defunct baseball and softball club and three-time Dutch baseball champion. The club saw life in 1977 and played its last season in 1988, the season I played softball with this club. This road jersey was worn by the players of the flagship baseball team.
After the club ceased activities, I continued to play softball for a few years before I switched to baseball. In 1991, one of the former board members of Amstel Tijgers gave the jersey to me. You may understand that I cherish this one as Amstel Tijgers was the first club I played for.

 

 

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