In 1888 the uniforms were more simple or more “traditional”; white uniforms, brown lettering, brown trimmed hats, brown socks. The Browns did not wear any radical or off-brand colors this season.

Looking closely at the ST. LOUIS lettering on the jersey, different images from this year appear to show different letter weight between different uniforms. Some photos like the Latham and Comiskey lithographs appear to have a slightly bolder text than the photographic record. We have chosen to show one graphic for this St. Louis lettering. We do not know which uniforms were worn on what occasion. The uniforms with the all white caps is seen in the team studio photo, and thus we assume this is the primary uniform. However, that team photo is the only example of the all white cap.

1888 St. Louis Browns jersey lettering
1888 St. Louis Browns Team Photo
1888 St. Louis Browns team photo
1888 Charles Comiskey
1888 CC King
1888 James Chippy McCarr
1888 Jack Boyle
1888 Jocko Milligan
188 Jocko Milligan… Goodwin & Company Milligan, Catcher, St. Louis Browns, from the series Old Judge Cigarettes, 1888 American, Albumen print photograph, cabinet card; sheet: 6 1/2 x 4 3/8 in. (16.5 x 11.1 cm) The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Jefferson R. Burdick Collection, Gift of Jefferson R. Burdick (63.350.214.173.132)
1888 Charlie Comiskey Arlie Latham lithograph
1888 St. Louis Browns Pendant, research from John Thorn,

Newspaper Accounts

St. Paul Globe: March 25, 1888
…The St. Louis Browns have not changed their uniform.

Thanks to Matt Albertson from Philly chapter of SABR who pointed out that this newspaper article is from March, which would have been in Spring Training, and is likely the Browns were still wearing their 1887 uniforms before the start of the 1888 season.

Team Colors

Brown – PMS 732

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