Ed Rossi donated this uniform which he wore as a star pitcher on the Sutherland Paper Company baseball team in 1951. That year, the Sutherland team won its second Amateur Baseball Congress Stan Musial World Championship. The team had previously won the championship in 1949. Mr. Rossi pitched the championship game against a team from Troy, Montana. Rossi allowed just two hits, both solo home runs, in that championship game in Battle Creek.
In the mid-20th century, many companies sponsored teams which competed in state and regional tournaments. These teams often featured players drawn from local college and university teams. Rossi had pitched for Western Michigan University and is honored in the University’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Another member of the 1951 Sutherland team was Ron Jackson, also a member of the Bronco Hall of Fame. Jackson later played for seven years in the major leagues, primarily for the Chicago White Sox. In addition to his uniform, Ed Rossi donated a bat autographed by all the members of the team.