Wearing Bobby Orr

It’s not an unusual sight these days to be walking along and see men, women and children wearing a replica team jersey with their favorite players number on it or  just a t-shirt of their favorite player. This trend started in 1980 when the Starter Clothing Line bought the licensing rights to sell apparel for all four major North American Sports. Before that however, it was up to each individual team, or in some cases local retailers, to produce a jersey or t-shirt of the local team and star player. The Bruins and Bobby Orr were no exception.

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These shirts were sold in the early 70’s. As you can see, there are two different images of Bobby. I personally had the one on the left as a kid. I believe these were sold in the Bruins Pro Shop at the Boston Garden. A local store such as Jordan Marsh might also have sold them.

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This is a kid’s version of the 1974 NHL All-Star Game jersey that Orr would have worn if he wasn’t injured and had to miss the game. I got this off of Ebay a few years ago and have never seen it before or since. The tag on the shirt says “York’s Originals”. A little digging into it’s origin has so far turned up nothing.

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Here’s the back of the jersey which shows Orr’s familiar #4.

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This is a replica of the actual jersey worn by the Eastern Conference in the 1974 All-Star Game.

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I love the color to this jersey. There is also a white version which he wore in the 1973 and 1975 games.

This is one of my favorite t-shirts that I own.

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As the shirt says: Get it straight. The Greatest One! This refers to Wayne Gretzky whose nickname is “The Great One”. Many hockey experts feel that Bobby Orr is the greatest hockey player of all time. I share this opinion and will argue voraciously with anyone who is of a different mind set. Certain people who read this will attest to that.

Finally, because so many people seemed to enjoy the picture of me as a 6 year old with the Bruins lunchbox from a previous post, here’s another.

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This is me at 4 years of age with my Bobby Orr #4 shirt on. This was a hand me down from my brother. My best guess is that it came out around 1970 or 1971. I asked my mom if she remembered where she might have purchased this but she had no idea.

This was just a sampling of the Orr jersey’s out there, both of the replica and t-shirt variety. Check out Ebay and you’ll find many more.

3 Responses to “Wearing Bobby Orr”

  1. The Goog says:

    Huh, I never considered that it wasn’t easy to find sports novelty t-shirts until the 80’s. I was 3 in 1979, so it’s not like it was something I was paying attention to at the time. I would imagine that collecting clothing must be difficult, although there probably weren’t too many bootleg Orr things to be had. Or were there? Have you ever come across any interesting Orr bootleg merch?

  2. Gary says:

    I was going through old family pictures looking for the one that I have in the post because I remembered that I had that shirt as a kid. What suprised me however was some of the other Bruins shirts that I saw either me or my brother wearing as kids. I assume that most were bought in stores as I don’t think my parents would have actively seeked out or would have known where to get bootleg stuff. That being said, if you look on Ebay now, you can see a handful of Orr bootleg shirts. As far as other bootleg merchandise, a few items pop up every once in awhile, like artists drawings and paintings. I have a painting that I really like alot, but for the most part none of it blows me away. I’m sure there were some homemade items that people made or even sold in the 70’s, but I don’t think there’s a significant amount of it around.

  3. Wayne says:

    Want to put a link up for our site on your site. Have we spoke before?

    Thanks

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