A third baseman by trade, well-traveled utility man Fred Marsh faced the daunting task of taking the hot corner from incumbent George Kell and an up-and-coming Arkansas product named “Brooks.” With those obstacles, it’s no surprise that the 1956 campaign was Marsh’s seventh and final big league season. During the early portion of that campaign, Marsh wore this Baltimore Orioles road jersey. The gray flannel zippered garment features felt identifiers and proper “Spalding” tagging. Moderate wear. Full photo LOA from Dave Miedema. More on our website.
The gray flannel zippered garment features “Baltimore” angled across the chest in orange-on-black felt and a “laughing Bird” logo displayed on the left sleeve in orange-white-and-black embroidery and felt components on an orange felt plate. Black piping lines the collar and zipper path, while a vintage “Spalding” label is sewn within the collar. The vented left front tail is home to stitched identifiers reading “Marsh – 42 4 in.” There are four holes (as tailored) under each arm to facilitate ventilation. Evidence of wear includes a series of scattered tiny holes on the upper right front and back, as well as faint stains throughout and minor felt loss on both the “B” in “Baltimore” and decorative paraph. Additionally, Marsh’s number “2” was removed from the back (following his May 30 departure) and the jersey was likely issued to another player during a subsequent spring training session.
Of Marsh’s 10 home runs in an otherwise uneventful career, two came off of Bob Lemon and another came off of Bob Feller!