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Worcester Art Museum welcomes WooSox with baseball jersey exhibition


WORCESTER — With the Worcester Red Sox debuting at the brand new Polar Park, the Worcester Art Museum wanted to step up to the plate.

Its new exhibition, “The Iconic Jersey: Baseball x Fashion,” which opens June 12 and runs through Sept. 12, is inspired by the Worcester Red Sox coming to town, said the exhibition’s curator, Erin R. Corrales-Diaz, who is also the museum’s assistant curator of American art.

“Absolutely. As one of the cultural leaders in the city, WAM really wanted to celebrate this monumental occasion,” she said.

But the exhibition is more than just a walk in the park. “The Iconic Jersey” is being described as the first museum exhibition to focus specifically on the design evolution of baseball jerseys and their impact on wider national culture.

“The Iconic Jersey” has 37 garments that include historic and contemporary baseball jerseys. There are also 50 other works such as baseball cards and baseball guides that help “put into context what we’re looking at,” Corrales-Diaz said.

Wright & Ditson, Boston Red Sox Uniform Shirt, worn by Jesse Tannehill, 1908, wool flannel.

A baseball jersey worn by Jesse Tannehill of the Boston Red Sox that is featured in “The Iconic Jersey” seems to have a modern looking design. The top right front of the jersey has an image of a red sock with the heel and foot extending to the left side. The sock has the lettering “BOSTON.”

Actually, the year is 1908, and the team has just changed its name from Boston Americans to Boston Red Sox.



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