Pete Frates wearing Boston Red Sox uniform, 2012
Pete Frates, 2012.

Uniform & Team History

No uniform in the Oldtime Baseball Game offers more symbolism — and has seen more of the country — than the No. 3 Red Sox uniform that was unveiled in 2012. For it was in the 2012 Oldtime Baseball Game that former Boston College captain Pete Frates, who earlier that year had been diagnosed with ALS, wore this uniform when he made what would be his final appearance in a game before devoting the rest of his life to raising awareness and helping to find a cure for Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Frates was supposed to wear our No. 9 Ted Williams uniform that night, but in a surprise appearance before the game Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington presented him with a No. 3 Red Sox uniform — representing the number Pete had worn throughout his career, including his days at Boston College. Frates would go on to wear this shirt during the countless appearances he would make until he died on December 9, 2019.

The shirt remains with the Frates family. HIs brother, Andrew Frates, wore it when he played in the Oldtime Baseball game in 2014 and again from 2016-18.