written by Beau Eastes | photography by Winston O’Neil
With $500 from the sale of his wife’s car and a zeal for uniforms from baseball’s colorful past, Jerry Cohen established Ebbets Field Flannels out of his Seattle apartment in 1988. Two of his first reproductions were ballcaps from the old San Francisco Seals and Seattle Rainiers of the Pacific Coast League. Ebbets Field Flannels now sports a flagship store in the heart of Seattle’s SoDo district, just a few blocks from Safeco Field.
Meticulously researched, Ebbets Field Flannels reproductions highlight legendary squads like Satchel Paige’s Kansas City Monarchs and Josh Gibson’s Homestead Grays, as well as more pedestrian teams such as the semi-pro 1950 Walla Walla Bears or the 1940 Idaho Falls Russets.
In addition to Negro League and minor league gear, Ebbets Field Flannels has a lineup of vintage Japanese, Cuban, Latin American, military, collegiate and fictional—the New York Knights hat is gorgeous—baseball caps, jerseys, jackets, sweatshirts, T-shirts and even replica grounds crew windbreakers. And while best known for its baseball gear, Ebbets Field Flannels also produces historic football and hockey clothing.
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Celebrities such as Spike Lee, David Letterman and Ashton Kutcher have all sported Ebbets Field Flannels. Letterman is such a fan he had throwback Late Show gear designed and created by the company. But no one has embraced the nostalgia of Ebbets Field Flannels quite like ESPN’s Keith Olbermann, who is now a minority owner. A noted baseball historian—Olbermann drops Federal League references like they’re going out of style—Olbermann