Babe Ruth Preferred Buttons On His Uniforms


Images of Babe Ruth in a Brooklyn Dodgers uniform are somewhat jarring—he served as the team's first base coach for a single season, 1938. This was also the year that the Dodgers introduced a new look, uniforms with royal blue script letterforms that read "Dodgers." They have pretty much looked the same ever since.

The Dodgers' 1938 uniforms featured zippers, as opposed to buttons. The first Major League team to wear zippers was the Chicago Cubs—only one year earlier, in 1937. Interestingly, every photo of the Babe from his one year in Brooklyn shows him with a buttoned uniform. Take a look at these images—the Babe is buttoned up in every single one, while every other Dodger wears a uniform with a zipper.


This short video depicts the Babe buttoning up his Brooklyn jersey:


Odds are that the team had jerseys with buttons custom made for Ruth, who clearly preferred the traditional uniform. Profound? No. But interesting nonetheless. Babe Ruth was one of the most famous human beings on earth at the height of his career. We know all about his spending habits, his fan-friendly persona, and his legendary fondness for hot dogs, booze, and females. Now we can add to this the fact that the Babe was a button man when it came to his uniforms.