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“Game Behind the Game”

Well here is your brief history straight from the Mitchell & Ness website site below, just so you know how far these guys have come. They’ve been in this game for a long time and doesn’t look like they will stop anytime soon. Their product is second to none with designs that are so original/retro. I posted this because Mitchell & Ness’s president did an interview recently with American Dreaming magazine and it was pretty cool.

“In 1904, former tennis and wrestling champ, Frank P. Mitchell partners with Scottish golfer Charles M. Ness to form a sporting goods store on Arch Street in Philadelphia, PA. Mitchell & Ness Sporting Goods specialized in handcrafted tennis racquets, golf clubs, and other equipment.

By 1925, Mitchell & Ness begins designing and manufacturing uniforms for high school, college, and semi-pro sports teams in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas. In 1933, the company goes pro when the newly formed Philadelphia Eagles employ Mitchell & Ness as their official on-field outfitter.

In 1983, a man walks into Mitchell & Ness to have two game-worn baseball jerseys repaired. In attempting to do so, Peter discovers thousands of yards of discarded wool flannel, which inspires him to recreate vintage jerseys.

On July 6, 1987, Sports Illustrated features Mitchell & Ness in the article “Baseball Flannels are Hot.” The article chronicles the growing popularity of sportswear as fashion, as well as Peter’s research methods. In 1988, Major League Baseball creates the Authentic Cooperstown Collection license—giving Mitchell & Ness exclusive permission to make player number jerseys. After the widespread success of the Cooperstown Collection, the NBA, NFL, and NHL grant Mitchell & Ness licenses. The jerseys become increasingly popular among entertainers and athletes, making frequent appearances in music videos and magazines. “