Union Suits - YesterYear: Babe Ruth, Union Suit Fan and Underwear Spokesman!
Wooden Bats Inscribed with
"Authentic Babe Ruth Underwear"
You might say Ruth "drove in the run" that led to the acceptance of other sports greats hawking underwear to American sports fans!
The reverse side of this photograph reads "Babe Ruth with superintendent at the factory of the McLoughlin Manufacturing Company, Indiana - Makers of the Babe Ruth Underwear. August 15th, 1927." Notice the hundreds of boxes of Babe Ruth Union Suits.
Typical Ad Announcing that Babe Ruth,
Himself, will be in the Store to Sell his
Renowned Men's and Boys' Union Suits
Above Photo Added September 7, 2017; sent to me by Bay Area Bill.
Ever wondered what baseball umpires wear under their uniforms. Well, George Barr of Sanford, Florida showed off his long underwear during Umpire School as featured in a Life Magazine article in 1947.
Bill emails: "I like this story about baseball umpires wearing union suits. I have seen this mentioned in other places. Baseball is my favorite sport. Maybe in another lifetime, I will come back as a union suit wearing umpire!"