In 1885 the Browns added red to their trim. The only reason we have these models depicted with red lacing and red striped caps is from artist renditions. We have a number of illustrations and artifacts from this era, all of which show red striped hats and red lacing on the shirt front.

A newspaper account from 1886 claims that the Browns had three kits this season, however photographic evidence shows only one.

1885 Browns team photo
1885 Charlie Comiskey
1885 Curtish Welch drawing
1885-1886 Bob Caruthers, screenshotted from Getty Images
1885-1886 Charles Comiskey
1885 Bob Caruthers
1885 Doc Bushong

1885 Charles Comiksey cigarette card
Note the artist’s rendition of collar stripes.
The claim that Von der Ahe’s statue existed at Sportsman’s Park is likely a myth. We have no evidence that this statue was ever at the ballpark, and we think it was originally erected at Bellefontaine cemetary, and has never moved since 1885.

Newspaper Accounts

St. Louis Post Dispatch: March 21, 1885
A correspondent writes to me expressing his views on the St. Louis’ use of the brown in their uniform. It is undoubtedly as ugly a combination as could be got together, but with the polka dot shirts used last year was redeemed very materially. At the same time the uniform is not near so unsightly and uncouth looking as is that of the Chicagos, and its virtue rests in the same circumstance that it is the club color. The Chicago people will always insist upon “the Whites” being known by their original title and the St. Louis people could not be induced to speak otherwise but of the Browns. 

St. Louis Globe Democrat: February 11, 1886
Mr. Christ Von Der Ahe left last evening for Chicago to purchase new uniforms for the Browns. He says that there will be no change as to colors, but stronger and more durable cloth is needed. Last season the club had three suits, this season they will have five.

Team Colors

Brown – PMS 732

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