My latest piece for Ralph Lauren Magazine is on the shawl-collared cardigan, which was the favored warm-up gear for baseball players from about 1900-1930. Origins of exactly how and why the shawl cardigan became associated with baseball are murky, and very few of the sweaters survive outside of photographs. I was able to talk to several baseball historians, including MLB’s official, in an effort to shed some light on the handsome sweaters, which were eventually supplanted by woolen varsity-type jackets.
Pegged on Babe Ruth, the piece is entitled “The Sweater That Ruth Wore.” Above is one of RL’s recent recreations, while below is the Babe in one of his Yankees sweaters. — CC