The latest episode of PBS’s Antiques Roadshow series featured a real treat: a 1942 game-used Ted Williams Red Sox jersey. It’s amazing how similar it is to the current Bosox design!
In a very Uni Watch moment, the jersey’s owner says he thinks it’s from 1946, but the appraiser tells him it’s clearly from 1942 because of the “Health” patch on the left sleeve, which all big league teams wore in ’42.
You probably know this already, but just in case: Hale America was a national initiative that encouraged Americans to build stamina and strength in an effort to meet the challenges of World War II. It called for people to engage in simple exercises such as cycling and hiking, and also encouraged the formation of community softball and soccer programs. There was even a Hale America golf tournament in 1942 (which is the subject of an enduring USGA bookkeeping controversy).
Nowadays, the world “hale” barely exists in modern discourse, except maybe for the NYC-based Hale and Hearty Soups brand. Funny that it was once used as the centerpiece of a national wartime-mobilization campaign.
(My thanks to James Gilbert for letting me know about this one.)