I can't. I'd really like to and I wish I could, but I can't.
Unfortunately, a picture isn't enough...for lots of reasons.
|Doc Crandall, 1914 St. Louis Terriers (Source: @TheSkimmers)|
|1908 St. Louis Cardinals (Source: @BSmile)|
However, look at the photo of Doc Crandall. That's definitely a St. Louis logo, so odds are he played for the Cardinals, right? Umm...nope. He played for the Terriers...in the Federal League...in 1914. What makes this even more confusing that the St. Louis Cardinals were also around in 1914. In other words, without identification (especially in the first couple decades of the twentieth century) I'm at sea.
|Weldon Wyckoff, 1913 Philadelphia Athletics (Sources: @TiceSing_3, @TheSkimmers)|
(Oh, if you haven't picked up on it yet, the takeaway here is this: If you don't know where your picture is from, ask. Somebody out there knows.)
|Tigers Sweater being auctioned off at Lelands.com (Source: @19802008CHAMPS)|
For me, this is the most important part. I know a lot of people want sweaters that look like the ones in these pictures, but my goal is to recreate the actual sweater (hence a "historical replica.") That means knowing exactly how the hem is finished, the pockets are inserted, the sleeves are attached, the underarm gussets are worked, the shoulders are finished...
Is your head spinning yet? (And yes, I apologize profusely for throwing out so much knitting jargon at once. I promise everything will be explained in later posts. Promise.) My point is that you can't get that level of detail from a picture. Frankly, you can't even get it from a museum display (and believe me, I've tried!) Even finding out something as simple as the number of stitches per inch (the "gauge," for those of you paying attention :) requires physically handling the garment.
|1924-26 warm-up sweater, worn by Jesse Haines (Source: @TiceSing_3)|