1922 is the first year the Cardinals wore the famous Birds on the Bat. An identical uniform, but in gray, was worn on the road.
The Cardinals also wore an alternate jersey this season featuring a stovepipe cap with pinstripes, red piping, and a red STL emblem. Photos are fuzzy of this STL emblem, we have done our best to recreate it. On the left sleeve of this jersey was a single bird perched on a twig. Photos are fuzzy of this bird, we have done our best to recreate it. The general shape of this bird is very similar to the birds seen on the primary Birds on the Bat jerseys.
We also have identified photos from 1922 of the team wearing similar or identical jerseys to the 1920 season.
Newspaper reports claim the Cardinals wore 4 uniforms in this season. We think the fourth jersey was similar to the 1920 jersey, we do not know if it was white or gray.
The Birds on the Bat design originated from hand-painted cardboard birds created by Allie May Schmidt. She was asked to create table decorations for a Men’s Fellowship Club event at the Ferguson Presbyterian Church on February 16, 1921. Allie May was inspired when she saw cardinal birds perched on a lilac bush. Branch Rickey was in attendance at the event, and was impressed with Allie May’s painted cardboard birds. Rickey commissioned Allie May’s father, Edward H. Schmidt, who was head of the art department at the Woodward and Tiernan Printing Company, to create a new design for the team’s uniforms. The uniforms debuted in an exhibition game against the American League St. Louis Browns on April 8, 1922.
St. Louis Post Dispatch: March 28, 1922
BLACK BAT AND BIRDS ON CARDINAL UNIFORMS
Innovations are brought out on the 1922 uniforms of the Cardinals. As one local fan out it “they are the loudest ever.” Across the breast is a black bat, on which are perched two cardinals, members of the bird family, facing each other. Under this the word Cardinals. Stockings will be solid Cardinal, with belts to match. The uniforms are sure to draw attention all around the circuit. They are on exhibition at a local sporting goods store.
St. Louis Post Dispatch: April 7, 1922
Fans who gather at Sportsman’s Park for the spring series game tomorrow will receive an eye-shock when the new Cardinals uniforms dawn on them. Across the shirt front they will see an emblem that strongly resembles a sample of Aztec picture writing. The Cardinals’ new crest consists of a black war club, oblique, surmounted by two cardinal birds, rampant. It will be by far the gaudiest bit of baseball heraldry that ever dazzled a fan’s eyes. The emblem will be worn on both home and abroad uniforms.
Evansville Courier and Press: May 25, 1922
Cardinals Change Uniforms Sundays
“All dressed up” on Sundays and holidays. This is the appearance of the St. Louis Cardinals on these days as a special uniform varying considerably from the week-day suit, is worn by the players on Sundays. On Sundays the stockings resemble a peppermint stick or a barber’s pole as there are red and white stripes while on weekdays the stockings are full cardinal. The two cardinal birds which rest on the breast of the week day shirts are missing from the Sunday togs and the caps are block-shaped.
New York Tribube: June 20, 1922, research by Todd Radom
The Cardinals are the Beau Brummels of the league. They have four hand-embroidered uniforms apiece. The extra spangles are for Saturdays, Sundays and moveable feast days. Their home uniforms have “candy-stick” stockings, which are the only serious contenders with the Giant hosiery for the prismatic championship of the big time circuit.
Cardinals Red – PMS 200
Vintage Yellow – PMS 1225