As the Yankees were near the tail end of their run of 14 pennants in 16 years, the Baltimore Orioles quietly established themselves as a fundamentally sound franchise which, for the 1960s, meant posting the most wins (911) in Major League Baseball. While pitching and defense were inherent to Baltimore, so was pitcher John Miller, who wore this 1963 Orioles home jersey as the club took steps toward baseball supremacy. Showcasing a three-year style that was introduced that year, this cream-colored flannel button-down garment features ORIOLES arched across the chest in black-on-orange felt and 17 sewn to the back in like fashion. The left front tail is home to a Wilson size 44 label and felt strip tag with stitched identifiers of 17-44-63-2. All original and unaltered, this 33rd Street relic shows solid wear. LOA from Phil Wood. More on our website.
Black-and-orange piping lines the sleeve endings and there are six holes (as tailored) under each arm to facilitate ventilation. The jersey gets a ringing endorsement from area expert Phil Wood, who writes (in part):
The offered jersey is from the 63 season, the first year of this particular style. Miller was the only player to wear number 17 for the Orioles in 1963. At 62 and 210 pounds, size 44 is entirely appropriate.
Miller only appeared in games played during September and just 2 of the 3 games were home games the bulk of the wear on this jersey is likely from use in the minor leagues and/or spring training after the 1963 season.
John Miller is one of a handful of Baltimore natives to play for the Orioles, and is still alive and well at this writing. His 1963 Orioles home jersey is all original, in excellent condition, and 100% authentic.