I love outwear so it’s no surprise that these two jackets caught my eye when scouring the net for more great stuff to commemorate Black History Month. I love this Negro League Baseball Jacket and this Tuskegee Airmen Bomber Jacket! They’re super chic, don’t you agree? Both are featured on Itsablackthang.com along with lots of other items that are sure to get people talking.
Negro League Baseball Commemorative Jacket
This varsity style jacket features the team logo’s from some of the most popular Negro League teams.
- Wool and cotton shell
- PU leather sleeves
- High quality stitching and team patches
Baseball fans know the color line in organized baseball was broken in 1945 when Branch Rickey signed Jackie Robinson for the Brooklyn Dodgers organization. But it was the Negro Leagues baseball culture that produced Jac
kie Robinson. Organized black baseball began with the founding of the Negro National League in 1920. The league expanded and eventually included the Eastern Colored, American Negro, East-West, Negro Southern and Negro American leagues.
Baseball behind the color barrier provided almost everything, and in some cases, more than was offered by Major League Baseball. There were World Series, East-West All-Star games, bitter rivalries, packed stadiums, great tales of courage, and most of all talented players. Negro League baseball ended in 1960 when the Negro American League concluded play.
Price: $185.00 Click here to purchase.
Tuskegee Airmen – Leather Bomber Jacket
- 100% lambskin leather
- Color: dark brown
- Lining and filler: 100% polyester
- Detachable collar
The Tuskegee Airmen were a group of African-American military pilots (fighter and bomber) who fought in World War II. Formally, they formed the 332nd Fighter Group and the 477th Bombardment Group of the United States Army Air Forces. They were active from 1940 – 1942.
Although the 477th Bombardment Group trained with North American B-25 Mitchell bombers, they never served in combat. The 99th Pursuit Squadron (later, 99th Fighter Squadron) was the first black flying squadron, and the first to deploy overseas (to North Africa in April 1943, and later to Sicily and Italy). The 332nd Fighter Group, which originally included the 100th, 301st, and 302nd Fighter Squadrons, was the first black flying group. The group deployed to Italy in early 1944. In June 1944, the 332nd Fighter Group began flying heavy bomber escort missions, and in July 1944, the 99th Fighter Squadron was assigned to the 332nd Fighter Group, which then had four fighter squadrons.
When the pilots of the 332nd Fighter Group painted the tails of their P-47s and later, P-51s, red, the nickname “Red Tails” was coined. The red markings that distinguished the Tuskegee Airmen included red bands on the noses of P-51s as well as a red rudder, the P-51B and D Mustangs flew with similar color schemes, with red propeller spinners, yellow wing bands and all-red tail surfaces.
Price: $349 Click here to purchase