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Cleaning and restoring vintage Major League Baseball jackets (part 2 of 5)


Davis 2 photo

Ron Davis is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the New York Yankees from 1978 through 1981. He wore the number 39 jersey.

Late last year, Ron rediscovered his New York Yankees equipment bag that had been in storage for almost 30 years. Amongst other things, the bag contained his New York Yankees jacket.

The problem was that rats had eaten through the equipment bag and nested in his jacket. As a result, the jacket was now covered in rat feces and rat urine.

The jacket was badly stained with rat feces and had a pungent odor. In addition, the hardware - all the snaps and the hang chain - had rusted and stained and weakened the underlying fabric. Furthermore, the thread used on various seams throughout the jacket had rotted and the various parts of the jacket were literally falling apart.

RAVE FabriCARE was tasked with restoring the jacket to as close to original condition as possible.

  • We removed all the staining.
  • We eliminated the odor.
  • We removed the rusty hang chain and reconstructed the underlying label.
  • We removed the rusted snaps and replaced them with color matching snaps that were of the period.
  • We removed all the rotted seam thread and "remade" the jacket.

The results of this restoration are reflected in the before and after photos below:


Davis front complete 1737 Davis back complete 1747
Davis front top 1738 Davis back top 1748
Davis front bottom 1739 Davis back bottom 1749
Davis front logo 1741 Davis sleeve logo 1742
Davis forces 1746
Davis collar chain 1743 Davis collar chain 1750
Davis hardward buttom 1744 Davis hardware button 1745



Davis front complete 3810 Davis back complete 3828
Davis front top 3811 Davis back top 3829
Davis front bottom 3812 Davis back bottom 3830
Davis front logo 3817 Davis sleeve logo 3818
Davis collar chain 3834 Davis collar chain 3833
Davis front open 3832
Davis left curr 3813 Davis right cuff 3814
Davis bottom front 3815


Our next post will cover Ron's Los Angeles Dodger's jacket.

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