NOTE: This description has been modified from the printed catalog. After we went to print, it was determined that this jacket is from 1967-69 based on tagging and style and was not able to be attributed to Billy Pierce, but rather head Grounds Keeper, Roger Bossard.
While he never homered, delivered a timely base hit or even fielded a routine pop fly, Roger Bossard has spent more time on the playing field at both versions of Chicago’s Comiskey Park than perhaps any player in the storied franchise’s history. This White Sox jacket was worn by the legendary groundskeeper during the early portion of a tenure that currently stands at 45 years and counting. The navy blue wool button-down garment features “Chicago” sewn across the chest in white satin twill. The script-style city name is accented by a paraph in which “WHITE SOX” is sewn in blue twill. White ribbed cotton panels line the shoulders, while blue-and-white striped stretch ribbed cotton lines the collar, waistline and sleeve endings. On the right front tail’s interior, “ROG. B.” is stitched in white. Within the collar, a “Wilson” size “44” label is accompanied by a leather hanger and a felt tag with “19” stitched in white. The “Wilson” tagging dates to 1967-1970. We note that four different players wore “19” during the referenced period. Three of those players (Bruce Howard, Dennis Ribant and Barry Moore) each played in 30 games or less, suggesting they may have worn this jacket that was subsequently issued to Bossard, who began his duties in 1967. Evidence of tremendous wear includes: chipped paint on the metallic buttons; fabric separation/loss along the button path edge and two front pockets; fraying about the sleeve endings; wear/cracking along the leather-lined pocket openings.