1939 Brooklyn Bums Tee

Streaker Sports

The Story

By the late 1930s, the Dodgers had earned the reputation of loveable losers. One day in 1939, sports cartoonist Willard Mullin the New York World Telegram asked a cab driver how the Dodgers were doing. The cabbie replied, “Dem Bums are bums.” The encounter gave Mullin an idea, and he soon developed a cartoon character, the “Brooklyn Bum,” to symbolize the team. Fans and newspapers alike, mimicking a Brooklyn accent, often referred to the team as “Dem Bums.”

Our Brooklyn Bums tee was crafted with the intention of being the softest shirt in your lineup. Made with a blend of fabrics including high quality combed and ring spun cotton, our tee is cut for a modern fit and printed with water-based inks that actually blend into the fabrics giving it more character with every wash.

  • Vintage Grey
  • Premium Cotton & Polyester Blend
  • Vintage Wash
  • Printed in New York


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