1978 Manny Sarmiento Cincinnati Reds Tour of Japan Game Worn Uniform
In 1978, the Cincinnati Reds went on a fall tour of Japan, and presented herein is the Manny Sarmiento game worn uniform from that trip. The Reds finished second to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National league West Division, and at that time second place teams were not eligible for post season playoffs. During that 1978 season, the Reds' Pete Rose notched his 3,000 hit and also tied Wee Willie Keeler for the all-time NL consecutive game hitting streak at 44. Manny Sarmiento, a right-hander, had a regular season record of 9-7, with a 4.38 ERA, mostly in relief. The front of the gray knit jersey has "Cincinnati" in red letters across the chest. Under the team's name is the number "45" on the left chest. On the inside lower front center tail is a Rawlings manufacturer's' tag that reads "38" for size and also provides cleaning instructions. The back has "Sarmiento" in red letters at the top. Under the name is "45" in red numerals. On the matching gray knit pants, just below the waistband, is a Rawlings tag that reads "30" for size, and also includes washing instructions. Adjacent to the Rawlings tag is a smaller tag reading "inseam 21"." Another adjacent tag reads "Set 2 1978." On the right thigh is a distinctive mark of these uniforms, a small, circular red tag with a white "R" for Rawlings. This is significant because the Reds only used this Rawlings road uniform for the Tour of Japan and not the regular season. The pants have a snap fly and also white drawstrings to close the pants' front. Each of the two drawstrings is unraveled at the end, the right drawstring more so. The pants came with jersey, but since there is no player identifier in them, we can't confirm that they were worn by Sarmiento. The uniform shows light use, and it is all original.
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