Well traveled during a seven-year Major League career, former first baseman Dick Kryhoski played for the St. Louis Browns in that team’s final season and for the Baltimore Orioles in their inaugural campaign. This jersey was worn with both clubs! The gray flannel button-down garment features felt identifiers and proper “Rawlings” tagging. A felt strip tag with “Kryhoski D” stitched in brown, coupled with a chain stitched “53” on the front tail indicates that Kryhoski wore the jersey during the 1953 season in St. Louis. Vintage restoration saw “Orioles” sewn to the front in orange-on-black felt and “16” sewn to the back in like fashion. These suggest use by Gil Coan during the 1955 season. Moderate to heavy wear is evident. Full photo LOA from Dave Miedema. More on our website.
The gray flannel button-down garment features “Orioles” sewn across the chest in orange-on-black felt and “16” sewn to the back in like fashion. Within the collar, a “Rawlings” label is accompanied by a size “46” tag and a felt strip tag with “Kryhoski D” stitched in brown cursive. On the left front tail, “53” is stitched in brown numerals, while the left front tail’s interior is home to a laundering instructions tag. There are four holes (as tailored) under each arm to facilitate ventilation. Heavy wear characteristics include perspiration-induced soiling about the collar and faint dirt stains throughout.
The chain-stitched identifiers are telltale signs of wear by Kryhoski with the 1953 St. Louis Browns. The Orioles identifiers, however, were not added until the 1955 season, as 1954 Orioles jerseys had black-on-orange lettering and a different font. Additionally, “Baltimore” replaced “Orioles” on road jerseys in 1956, making 1955 the lone possible season for this jersey’s wear by an Oriole player. In regard to the uniform number, Kryhoski did wear “16” with the 1953 Browns, but wore “8” in his lone season (1954) with the Orioles. Kryhoski was the very first of 14 Orioles players to wear “8,” which has since been retired in honor of Cal Ripken, Jr. So while Kryhoski was gone by 1955 when this style was worn, former Oriole Gil Coan (who delivered the first hit in Orioles history) wore number “16” and possibly wore this jersey.
Note: recent feedback from a renowned Baltimore/Washington, D.C.-area jersey expert reveals that the 1953 St. Louis Browns jerseys that were changed into Orioles jerseys were predominantly used during the Orioles' 1954 spring training session and eventually sent to the club's minor league base in Thomasville, Georgia. Thus, the above-mentioned use by Gil Coan in 1955 is possible, but unlikely.