Brown: 19th-century uniform database updates

From SABR member Craig Brown at Threads of our Game on September 10, 2017:

After the flood of baseball imagery between the years 1886 and 1890, the year of 1891 has yielded only a precious few pictures. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t some good uniform stories to tell. Here’s a sampling from 1891:

1891 Brooklyn
A fan in Brooklyn in 1891 came up with an idea to better identify players on the field. One could say he (or she) was ahead of his time…about 70 years ahead.
See more here — scroll to written documentation.

1891 Chicago
Critics thought Chicago’s Cap Anson at age 39 was getting too old to compete on the field. They especially thought this when Anson played an official league game with a long, fake white beard—wait, what?
See more here — scroll to written documentation.

1891 Cincinnati (AA)
The ever-popular Mike Kelly organized an exhibition game in 1891 between his old team (Boston) and his new team (Cincinnati). The game was held in Boston, so naturally King Kel thought the Reds should wear…um…Kelly green.
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