Montreal Black Panthers 1936 Jersey
History: The Black Panthers were a team of African-American players from the Deep South who joined the Quebec Provincial League in 1936. The Provincial League was in and out of organized baseball over the years, and when it operated as an "outlaw" league Black players were able to participate. Officially-sanctioned minor leagues were still strictly segregated.
Interestingly, Montreal factored in the integration of white baseball twice: Jackie Robinson was assigned to the Royals in 1946 for one season before joining the Brooklyn Dodgers. But an earlier version of the Royals briefly integrated the Eastern Canada League when Charlie Calvert (also known as Charlie Culver) played six games for Montreal in May of 1922 before he was forced from the lineup. The same Charlie Calvert managed the Black Panthers during their two seasons in the Provincial League.
This is one of the most interesting jerseys we have ever seen. Chainstitch detail on the panther head, and a sleeve patch for Dow Breweries, who sponsored the Panthers.
- Made in the USA
- Quebec Provincial League
- Authentic reproduction of the jersey worn in 1936 by the Montreal Black Panthers
- Authentic grey wool flannel
- Black trim on neck and sleeves
- Black panther logo with chainstitched details sewn on in black felt
- Red "Dow" brewery patch sewn on sleeve
- Number 36 sewn on in felt on back
- Item #: MBP36R