Orioles wear jerseys with Braille lettering

September 19, 2018

The Baltimore Orioles wore jerseys with Braille lettering on the front and back in place of standard English words in honor of their “National Federation of the Blind Night” promotion Tuesday.

This is awesome.The @Orioles became the first American pro team to wear Braille-lettered jerseys on Tuesday, which was National Federation of the Blind Night at Oriole Park. pic.twitter.com/rNSMzDbeMI ESPN (@espn) September 19, 2018

Braille is a writing system for the blind and visually impaired in which readers touch patterns of dots raised on embossed paper. It was invented in the 1800s and has been adapted for computer screens in the modern era.

The issue, then, with putting Braille on baseball uniforms was that visually impaired fans were not able to read the names any better.

Still, the Orioles went all-in on the theme Tuesday night. They made Braille roster sheets for the TV and radio announcers, and one of the Braille uniforms will be sent to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

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