The Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) and its licensee, 108 Stitches, announced they will be making MLBPA commemorative 50th anniversary T-shirts – created exclusively for the players – available to the public for a limited time of only 50 days, beginning May 22.
Fewer than 2,000 of the shirts were originally produced and distributed to the players on each of the 30 Major League teams during the MLBPA's annual Spring Training tour of club camp sites. Since their distribution, Players have displayed their union solidarity by wearing them during media interviews and during their pre-game routines. Players also regularly appear wearing the shirts in various social media posts, which generated public demand for the shirts.
The MLBPA is honored by the enthusiastic feedback and demand for the shirts, and has decided to take this unprecedented step in making official MLBPA-branded merchandise available to the general public. The MLBPA is happy to provide this fun and unique opportunity for fans everywhere to join the Players in celebrating the union's Golden Anniversary.
For a limited time only, concluding on July 11, the T-shirts can be purchased by visiting 108 Stitches' online store at www.108stitches.com.
The MLBPA wasn't recognized as a union until 1966, when Major Leaguers hired Marvin Miller, then an economist with the Steelworkers Union, as their association's first Executive Director. Since 1966, generations of Major Leaguers have made numerous advancements on behalf of their fellow players to improve their rights, benefits and workplace conditions. Over the course of their union's history, Major Leaguers have forged and maintained a level of solidarity rarely seen in the history of the labor movement. To this day, every Major Leaguer desires to use the collective bargaining process to leave the game better for those who follow.