Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Union Suits - YesterYear 
Update of Babe Ruth, Union Suit Fan and Underwear Spokesman!

Recently, I heard from Shawn Herne, Executive Director of the Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation, Inc. He had run across my posting of August 6, 2017 featuring the one and only Babe Ruth who was spokesman for union suit manufacturers in the 1920's and early 1930's. Back then men and boys just had to have and wear the underwear touted by their baseball hero and buddy. Millions of union suits were sold in the U.S. thanks to his efforts.

Babe's birthplace and museum, located in Baltimore, Maryland at 216 Emory Street, explores the life of Babe Ruth described as "Baltimore's native son who became America's first sports celebrity and an international icon." 

Shawn sent me three photos taken of objects from the museum's archives which they hope to display in an upcoming exhibit of the Babe's sponsorship of products including Babe Ruth Underwear. The museum / foundation owns the "All America Athletic Underwear" and the box they came in shown here:

"Babe Ruth Buddie" Underwear - That's some really old underwear!

When in the Baltimore area be sure to visit the Birthplace / Museum of the Babe and view the outstanding exhibits:

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Added May 27, 2019:
Max of Topeka, KS sent in this 1928 photograph of a man playing golf in his "Babe Ruth All American Underwear." He noticed that at the bottom of the box of underwear shown above it says "The Champion Nine." "No doubt a nod to golfers everywhere and their favorite underwear." Max also said that "the boy caddy also shown in this picture is probably wearing a Babe Ruth Union Suit too but has the good sense to wear clothes over his underwear."

Thanks, Max. Does that guy know fashion or what?! Must have been a hot day. Cool socks too. You're probably correct that in 1928 the boy shown is most likely wearing a union suit as well. Thanks for sending ... Chris

Added June 5, 2019:
Another photo was emailed to me by Ray of Ogden, UT.  It is of a man and boy playing baseball in what appears to be Babe Ruth union suits; Circa late 1920's. Thanks, Ray... Chris

I guess it just goes to show you that 100 years ago, guys were happy to have their photos taken in their union suits just like we are today!

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