Worn during the 1969 campaign as the San Francisco Giants wrapped up the NL’s best record for the decade, this home jersey is one of the last of the flannel variety before teams switched to close-fitting knits. The cream-colored button-down garment features “GIANTS” arched across the chest in black felt-on-orange twill and “29” sewn to the back in like fashion. The left front tail is home to a “McAuliffe” label and tags denoting size “46” and “69,” respectively. Within the collar, “Costello” is embroidered on a felt strip tag. This suggests that the jersey was issued to farmhand Joe Costello during a subsequent spring training, as Tito Fuentes wore “29” for the parent club. More on our website.
Black-and-orange piping lines the collar and sleeve endings and there are four holes (as tailored) at each underarm to facilitate ventilation. The all-original jersey shows medium wear with minor fraying about the felt identifiers. It appears as though the “29” may have been a (vintage) number change, as faint stitching remnants are visible.
While Fuentes wore “29” for the Giants during the 1969 and 1970 seasons, Costello was, in very high probability, issued this jersey during the club’s 1969 and/or 1970 spring training session in Phoenix, Arizona. Costello was to pitch for the club’s Class AAA Pacific Coast League affiliate (in Phoenix) for the fourth and final season in 1970.