1918 was full of uniform firsts for the Cardinals. For the first time in their history, the team would wear the word Cardinals across the chest. For the first time the letters weren’t block letters, instead the letters were italic or oblique style serif letters. For the first time, the lettering wasn’t in all capitals; every letter except for the C is shown in lowercase. For the first time the Cardinals donned pinstriped uniforms, and not red stripes either. For the first time since becoming the Cardinals, the team wore solid blue caps instead of red or white. The team introduced a new SL emblem for the cap. We also observed players wearing another solid blue cap with red seams. We do not know in what capacity this cap was worn.

All teams around the league wore an American flag patch on their left sleeve recognizing the country’s involvement in World War I.

A uniform quirk, in 1918, the “i” in Cardinals is set right in the middle of the placket, with the “d” slightly tucked underneath the jersey fold. In the following season, the “d” would be placed right in the middle of the placket. We have used this difference to help identify photographs from these two seasons.

1918-1919 St. Louis Cardinals jersey lettering
1918-1919 STL cap emblem
1918 MLB WW1 Flag Patch
1918 Branch Rickey jersey

The Branch Rickey jersey shown above is the oldest known Cardinals jersey in existence.

1918 Bobby Wallace
1918 Rogers Hornsby
1918-1919 unidentified player
1918 Bill Sherdel with Branch Rickey
1918 Bill Sherdel
1918 Charlie Grimm
1918 Frank Snyder
1918 Jesse Haines
1918 Austin McHenry

Team Colors

Cardinals red – PMS 200

Cardinals navy – PMS 289

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