My first work-in-progress (or WIP--see what I mean about knitting jargon? :) is a sweater once owned by Ty Cobb. My understanding is that he donated it to the Hall of Fame personally. Because Ty Cobb was such a well-known player and because its authenticity is so easy to confirm, this made for a great initial project.
|photo credit: @JonnyDubSD|
To my knowledge, there is only one known picture of Ty Cobb actually wearing this sweater. I don't know where @JDaniel2033 found it, but it certainly isn't in the Hall of Fame archives. (By the way, THANK YOU for posting it! It solved a lot of mysteries.) Tom Shieber, Senior Curator at the HOF, was able to identify the photo as being from the Detroit Tigers' 1921 Spring Training. This would have been Cobb's first year managing the Tigers, which jibes with the oral history associated with the sweater's original donation.