May 15, 2011; Atlanta, GA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Pete Orr (5) and Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Tim Hudson (15) share a laugh after a take out slide in the third inning at Turner Field. The Braves defeated the Phillies 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-US PRESSWIRE
Baseball's greatest moments, like Bill Mazeroski's World Series-winning homer, sear indelible images in baseball fans' minds. Current teams try to recapture past glories by donning the uniforms worn by their predecessors. Take a walk down memory lane with MLB's throwback uniforms and special-occasion gear.
Braves vs. Tigers
The Tigers celebrated the 11th annual Negro Leagues Weekend April 26-28, 2013. The Negro Leagues, professional leagues comprised of African Americans, began in the late 1880s and ended in the 1960s. On Saturday, the Tigers and visiting Braves wore uniforms to honor the local Negro League franchises — the Detroit Stars and the Atlanta Black Crackers.
Chicago White Sox
The Chicago White Sox are wearing their 1983 throwback uniforms for all Sunday home games in 2013. The uniforms consist of a white pullover jersey with red and navy blue stripes and block letter SOX across the chest. There's also a vintage patch on the left sleeve, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the All-Star Game played at Old Comiskey Park. The tri-color Sox cap is still popular among fans.
The 2012 Astros donned some of the franchise's most memorable uniforms for Legends Weekend during the final home weekend series of the season, Sept. 21-23. The weekend festivities celebrated the team's 50th anniversary and the unforgettable people who contributed to the organization. On Friday, the current players wore the Colt .45 jerseys from the early 1960s. Saturday's game featured the shooting stars jerseys of the late '60s. And wrapping up the the series on Sunday, the Astros wore the infamous rainbow stripe jerseys of the 1970s.
Diamondbacks and Giants
In their "Alumni Night" game vs. the San Francisco giants on Sept. 15, 2012, the Diamondbacks wore purple alternate uniforms that the team sported in 1998. A fan poll determined which uniform the Snakes would wear. The visiting Giants played along by wearing their circa 1989 road uniforms.
The San Diego Padres turned back the clock to 1998 on Sept. 14, 2012, vs. the Colorado Rockies. The Friars' pinstriped tops and blue and orange hats were worn by such stars as Tony Gwynn, Andy Ashby and Steve Finley when they were the NL champs.
On Sept. 8, 2012, the Mariners wore their "Marineros" jerseys as part of Salute to Latin American Beisbol Night. The Mariners annually honor the contributions that Latin Americans have made in baseball. A portion of the proceeds from this game benefited the Latino Community Fund of Washington State.
The Phillies wore 1991 maroon jerseys for their game against the Reds on Aug. 22, 2012. The Phillies of that era — Mickey Morandini, Lenny Dykstra, Terry Mulholland and Mitch Williams — played at Veterans Stadium. Fans were encouraged to wear '90s attire and '90s acts entertained the crowd: DJs from defunct radio stations WDRE and Y-100 and the Wolf Pack and “In the Meantime” band Spacehog. The Reds joined in the fun with their own uniforms from that time period.
Rangers and Tigers
In honor of the the 40th anniversary of the Texas franchise, the Rangers and their opponents, the Tigers, wore 1976 throwback uniforms on Aug. 11, 2012. As part of the anniversary celebration, the Rangers introduced their all-time team, including: Nolan Ryan, Pudge Rodriguez, Buddy Bell, Jeff Burroughs and Charlie Hough. The Rangers started playing in Texas in 1972 after the former Washington Senators franchise relocated in Arlington. Radio broadcaster Eric Nadel was inducted into the club's hall of fame too.
Cardinals and Brewers
On Aug. 4, 2012, the St. Louis Cardinals celebrated the 30th anniversary of their 1982 World Series championship by wearing the uniforms from that year and the team they defeated that year, the Brewers, even joined in the fun. Fans were given a replica ticket to Game 7 of the 1982 World Series. Friday night, fans received a bobblehead of Hall of Fame closer Bruce Sutter, who finished off their 1982 title with a strikeout of the Brewers' Gorman Thomas. Nearly 25 players, coaches and team personnel returned to town to celebrate their thrilling seven-game series victory over the Brewers.
The Cardinals continued celebrating the 30th anniversary of the 1982 World Series champs by donning the baby blue road unis worn by that championship team on Aug. 5, 2012. More than 20 members of that team were in town for a reunion.
Mets and Padres
The Padres had '80s night at PETCO Park on Aug. 3, 2012, when Padres players wore the 1989 uniforms, as chosen by a pre-season online fan vote. In honor of 80’s Night, Padres TV analyst and former Padres pitcher (1987-90) Mark Grant threw out the first pitch. Grant's 1989 teammates included Tony Gwynn and both Alomar brothers, Roberto and Sandy. The Mets also participated by wearing the Mets road unis from 1989, when Dwight Gooden, Gary Carter and Keith Hernandez were some of the stars for New York.
Nationals and Brewers
In the Brewers' annual tribute to the Negro Leagues, the vistiting Washington Nationals wore the replica uniforms of the Homestead Grays (1912-'50) and the Brewers wore replica uniforms of the 1923 Milwaukee Bears.
Royals and Twins
The Royals and Twins marked Kansas City's annual Salute to the Negro Leagues on July 21, 2012, by wearing, and the teams were outfitted in special throwback uniforms. The Royals sported the threads of the 1920 Kansas City Monarchs, while the Twins wore uniforms representing the 1909 St. Paul Colored Gophers.
Mariners and Athletics
On Sunday, July 8, 2012, the Seattle Mariners and Oakland A's turned back the clock to the 1950s. The M's donned jerseys of the Seattle Rainiers, a minor league team in the Pacific Coast League from 1938 to 1964. They were named after the Rainier Brewing Company, which owned the team and was named for nearby Mount Rainier. The A's wore uniforms of the Oakland Oaks, a PCL team from 1903-1955. The Oaks were named for the city and used the oak tree and the acorn as their symbols.
Nationals and Giants
The Nats and Giants paid homage to the 1924 World Series by wearing retro uniforms on July 5, 2012. The Fall Classic of that year pitted the Washington Senators (also nicknamed the Nationals) against the New York Giants. The Giants wore the old pinstripe caps with the stylish NY logo and the Nationals sported whites adorned only with a straight W; both teams wore stirrups. Fans received an old-fashioned ''official score card'' from the ''Washington Base Ball Club''; prices were rolled back on concessions; organ music played throughout the game; grounds crew donned suspenders; replays were shown in black and white; and Charlie Brotman, the public address announcer for two Senators franchises, was at the microphone. The ball used for the ceremonial first pitch came from Game 6 of the '24 Series. Throwing it from the first row of the stands was Hank Thomas, grandson of Game 7 winner and Hall of Fame pitcher ''Big Train'' Walter Johnson. The Giants moved to the west coast in 1958, and the Senators exited the nation's capital for Minnesota in 1961, becoming the Twins. The current Nationals are the former Montreal Expos, who moved to Washington in 2005.
Brewers and Diamondbacks
The Brewers have made it a tradition to honor the cultural diversity of Milwaukee. On July 1, 2012, the team paid homage to Italian heritage by donning jerseys emblazoned with "Birrai," the Italian translation of Milwaukee's nickname. The red, green and white tops reflect the colors of the Italian flag. Arizona also took part by wearing jerseys with their Italian nickname: the iD-backs.
Twins and Royals
The Twins and Royals paid homage to their cities' minor league American Association teams on June 30, 2012. The Twins wore the 1951 uniforms of the Minneapolis Millers, named for the city’s flour milling heritage. The Minneapolis Millers played in the Mill City from 1884-1960. The Kansas City Royals wore the '51 uniforms of the Kansas City Blues. Among the baseball greats to don the Millers uniform were Willie Mays (.477 average with 30 RBI and 38 runs scored in 35 games in 1951) and Ted Williams (American Association’s Triple Crown winner as a 19-year old in 1938). Mickey Mantle played center field for the Kansas City Blues in 1951.
Tigers and Rays
The Rays wore "faux-back" uniforms for their June 30 game against the Tigers. Even though the Rays did not exist as a franchise in 1979, the team designed a uniform with the bold, stylized letters and dazzling colors of the disco era. The Tigers sported their actual gray road colors from that year, worn by stars of the day like Alan Trammell, Jack Morris and Mark Fidrych. The retro jerseys are being auctioned off on raysbaseball.com, with proceeds benefitting the Moffitt Cancer Center and the Rays Baseball Foundation.
Astros and Rangers
The Texas Rangers hosted the Houston Astros with the teams vying for the Silver Boot trophy on June 16, 2012. Both teams wore uniforms from 1986. The Rangers' '86 logo (which was not on the uniform) featured red script Rangers lettering across a baseball atop a blue outline of the state of Texas. Rangers stars of the day were Charlie Hough and Mitch Williams. The Astros' '86 togs, sported by the likes of Nolan Ryan, were slightly less garish than the earlier version that featured rainbow stripes across the chest.
Royals and Pirates
The Royals and the Pirates honored Negro Leagues history on June 9, 2012, by wearing replicas of uniforms from their cities' Negro League teams. The Royals wore those of the Kansas City Monarchs while the Pirates donned Homestead Grays attire. The Monarchs operated in 1920-30 and 1937-62 and produced Jackie Robinson, Satchel Paige, Ernie Banks and Elston Howard. The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is located in Kansas City.
Giants and Cubs
On June 2, 2012 the Giants and Cubs played a "Turn Back the Century" game on MLB on FOX. Each team took the field wearing their 1912 throwbacks. On that day, AT&T Park used a vintage scoreboard without videos. Roving barbershop quartets outside the gates of the park; ushers, security guards, groundskeepers and other stadium staff wore 1912-era clothing; and only organ music was played during the game. The starting lineups and pregame announcements were made using a megaphone from the field. The New York Giants finished the 1912 season atop the National League standings and lost the World Series 4-3 to the Red Sox. The 1912 Cubs, then only four years removed from their last World Series title, finished third in the NL with a record of 91-59.
Mariners and Angels
The Los Angeles Angels and Seattle Mariners turned back the clock to the 1955 on May 26, 2012. Neither franchise existed back then, so the teams wore the uniforms of the local Pacific Coast League teams from that year: The Seattle Rainiers and the Los Angeles Angels.
Pirates and Tigers
During the Detroit Tigers' 10th annual Negro Leagues Weekend, the Tigers wore the uniform of the Detroit Stars, while the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates donned the uniforms of the Pittsburgh Crawfords on Saturday, May 19, 2012, the 18th Annual Negro Leagues Tribute Game.
On May 18, 2012, the Padres held a 70s night promotion, the first of three retro celebrations. The Padres wore the brown and gold 1978 uniforms.
The Los Angeles Angels and Texas Rangers both donned 1974 uniforms for their second meeting of the season on May 12, 2012. It was first of four Turn-Back-the-Clock Days to celebrate the Rangers' 40th anniversary in Arlington.
On May 4, 2012, and again on May 18, the Astros wore the shooting star jersey the team wore in the 1960s, after the name changed from Colt .45s and the team moved into the Astrodome. Rusty Staub, a member of the 1965 Astros, threw out the first pitch. The team is celebrating its 50th anniversary with Flashback Fridays all season.
On May 21, 2005, the Giants dedicated the third statue at then-SBC Park (now AT&T Park) in honor of a Hall of Fame player — right-hander Juan Marichal, the "Dominican Dandy." To further honor Marichal, for that night's game they wore jerseys with the word "Gigantes" in place of Giants across the front, the first time in the Giants' 123-year history that the jersey was been translated into another language. The team wears them about once a season now, including for the Cinco de Mayo game vs. the Brewers on May 5, 2012.
Oakland A's, Boston Red Sox
The Boston Red Sox and Oakland Athletics both sported 1936 replican uniforms on May 2, 2012, at Fenway Park to commemorate Boston's acquisition of Hall of Fame slugger Jimmie Foxx.
Red Sox and Yankees
To celebrate Fenway Park's 100th anniversary on April 20, 2012, both the home Boston Red Sox and the visiting New York Yankees donned uniforms reminiscent of the 1912 uniforms. Neither team's jerseys had names or numbers.
Show of respect
The New York Yankees wore this throwback uniform for the game against the Red Sox on April 20, the 100th anniversary of the vaunted ballpark.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first game played by the franchise, Houston Astros players wore replica Colt .45s jerseys on April 10, 2012. The expansion Houston Astros joined the NL as the Houston Colt .45s in 1962. The color scheme of navy blue and orange was chosen by GM Paul Richards. The orange was inspired by the Baltimore Orioles organization he led before joining the Colts. The team name was changed in 1965 when they moved to the Astrodome. The team moves to the AL in 2013.
The 2012 Orioles are reverting back to the cartoon bird of the team's glory days. The 2012 bird, on both the home and road caps, is a new design, utilizing elements from both the '66-'74 and '75-'88 versions. It replaces the ornithologically correct bird that's been used since 1989.
The Mets celebrate their 50th anniversary season with uniforms designed to pay homage to the Mets of the 1960s. They've dropped the black shadow on the Mets lettering, done away with the black alternate jersey and added a 50th anniversary patch to the sleeve.
Toronto's standard home uniform for 2012, modeled by Jose Bautista, is a nod to the team's original ensemble from 35 years ago. Note the old-school Blue Jay, the red maple leaf and the split lettering. The road grays are similar and there's also an alternate blue top.
The White Sox will wear these red pinstriped uniforms (modeled by Bill Melton and skipper Robin Ventura) for all home Sunday games in 2012. They harken back to the 1972 duds they donned when players like Dick Allen, Goose Gossage, Terry Forster and Melton were South Side stars. They are definitely better than the short pants they wore in 1976.
The Atlanta Braves will be wearing this retro cream-colored jersey for select home games in 2012.
Arizona donned one of the uniforms worn by the 2001 World Series champion team for reunion ceremonies on Sept. 10, 2011. The white pinstripe pants and sleeveless jersey with purple short sleeves underneath and purple caps were to be worn just for one game but their come-from-behind win inspired manager Kirk Gibson to decide to have the team wear the uniforms all weekend.
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On Sept. 10, 2011, the Brewers encouraged fans to break out their Brewers gold gear to wear to Miller Park, and Brewers players wore special gold jerseys on the field when they took on the Philadelphia Phillies. Brewers employees roamed Miller Park rewarding fans for wearing gold. Select fans will received prizes including ticket vouchers to a 2012 game, autographed baseballs and Brewers merchandise.
The Chicago White Sox wore green hats and uniforms with green pinstripes, numerals and lettering, to celebrate the halfway mark to St. Patrick's Day on Sept. 9, 2011. Chicago takes St. Patrick's Day seriously, at least South Siders do.
To conclude the Flashback Friday campaign, the Halos wore the uniforms worn during the 1971-1972 campaigns featuring the lowercase lettering with the tilted halo and the state of California on the right sleeeve. Angel greats such as Andy Messersmith, Clyde Wright and Nolan Ryan wore these uniforms. The early '70s uniform was worn during the final three Friday home games of 2011; Sept. 2 versus Minnesota Twins, Sept. 9 versus New York Yankees and Sept. 23 versus Oakland A's.
The Mets wore blue and orange "Los Mets" jerseys to honor New York's Hispanic community on Latina Fiesta Night on Aug. 5, 2011 and Hispanic Heritage Night on Sept. 1 of that year.
The Milwaukee Brewers wore special jerseys emblazoned with Bierbrauer on Aug. 14, 2011, to honor the city's German heritage, as shown on pitcher Shaun Marcum. Pitcher Zack Greinke gave fans a sneak peek when he wore the wrong jersey for a pinch-hit appearance the previous night. That breaks an obscure baseball rule and his at-bat would have been illegal, had the umpire noticed the wardrobe malfunction.
The Pirates and Cardinals wore Negro League uniforms on July 23, 2011, as part of Heritage Week. The Cardinals sported the attire of the St. Louis Stars, who competed from 1922-31. Standout players of the Stars included Cool Papa Bell, Mule Suttles, Willie Wells and Ted Trent.
The Pirates and Cardinals wore Negro League uniforms on July 23, 2011, as part of Heritage Week. The Pirates wore the jerseys of the Homestead Grays. The Grays were formed in 1912 and operated for 38 consecutive seasons. Stars of the Grays included Josh Gibson and Buck Leonard.
July 22, 2011 was '80s night at Citizens Bank Park with the Phillies and teh visiting Padres both sporting 1984 threads. The Phils pulled out of mothballs the burgundy pinstripes with the large "P" on the left front with the uniform number on the right front of the jersey. The Padres wore the 1984 brown and yellow duds complete with the large RAK initials on the left sleeve that they wore from 1984-86 to honor their late owner Ray Kroc who died in '84.
On July 17, 2011, the A's celebrated '80s Day at O.co Coliseum by channeling the Bash Brothers' era teams of that decade, including the colorful uniforms of that time.
Tigers, White Sox
On Saturday, July 16, 2011, the Tigers wore throwback uniforms of the Detroit Stars and the White Sox suited up as the Chicago American Giants during the 17th Annual Negro Leagues Tribute Game. The Negro Leagues Weekend marks the first — and longest running — three-day celebration of its kind in Major League Baseball.
On July 14, 2011 the San Diego Padres wore the club’s 1983 uniforms as part of a tribute to the late Dick Williams. In honor of the Hall of Famer and former Padres manager, the team will wear a commemorative patch of Williams’ initials.
As part of their 50th anniversary celebration, the Angels wore the California Angels uniforms from the 1993-1996 campaigns on July 8, Aug. 5 and Aug. 19, 2011. The uniforms features the stylized “CA” lettering with navy piping along the neck and sleeves, which was worn by Angel stars such as Tim Salmon, Garret Anderson, Jim Edmonds and J.T. Snow.
The Cardinals and Rays both wore retro uniforms as part of '50s Day at Tropicana Field on July 2, 2011. The Cardinals wore replica jerseys of the team's 1953 road uniforms. The Rays footed the bill for the uniforms since it was their idea for the promotion.
The Tampa Bay Rays paid homage to the rich heritage of organized baseball in their region on July 2, 2011, by wearing the jerseys of the 1951 Tampa Smokers, a minor league team. You'll notice they updated the jersey by removing the cigar.
As part of the celebration of their 50th anniversary, the Angels are wearing throwback uniforms for each Friday home game in 2011. On May 20, June 3, June 10 and July 1, they donned the uniforms worn from 1961-65 when the team played in Los Angeles and their caps had an LA logo and a silver "halo" on the top. Stars from that era include Jim Fregosi (later the Angels manager from '78-81), Ken McBride and Jose Cardenal.
On June 22, 2011, in an afternoon game vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, the Tigers wore uniforms from 1944. The 1944 Detroit Tigers played 154 games during the regular season, won 88 games, lost 66 games, and finished in second position.
Four Cardinals starters donned knee-high socks on June 18, 2011, in an effort to bust the team out of a slump. It worked, as the Cards rallied to beat the Kansas City Royals at Busch Stadium. Matt Holliday wore Hall of Famer Red Schoendienst's pants because they were the only ones that worked with his new look.
The Arizona Diamondbacks don Los Dbacks jerseys annually in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.
The Cincinnati Reds and the Los Angeles Dodgers both donned 1940s-era uniforms for a day game in LA on June 15, 2011. In the '40s, the Reds replaced their white or gray cap crown with a solid navy with a red bill and a red "wishbone C." The conservative uniforms changed very little over for nearly the next two decades.
The Padres, who are celebrating the 75th anniversary of their inaugural year in San Diego, wore the uniforms of the then Pacific Coast League San Diego Padres for a game vs. the Nationals on June 11, 2011. The most famous name on that '36 Padres roster? A 17-year-old named Ted Williams.
The Washington Nationals donned the uniforms of their predecessor, the 1936 Washington Senators, for a game vs. the Padres on June 11, 2011.
Brewers and Cardinals
Both the Brewers and Cardinals wore special uniforms on Saturday, June 11, 2011, as part of the sixth annual Cerveceros Day to honor the Hispanic community. The Brewers wore gold jerseys with the Spanish translation "Cerveceros." The Cardinals' uniforms said "Cardenales."
On May 21, 2011, at Fenway Park in Boston the Chicago Cubs and the Boston Red Sox wore replica uniforms from 1918. Before this series, the two teams hadn't played at Fenway Park since the 1918 World Series. Unfortunately for Boston fans, the Red Sox didn't dirty up their unadorned white unis much. They lost to the Cubs, 9-3.
The Twins donned their 1961 uniforms the weekend following the May 13, 2011, announcement that Killebrew was ending his battle with cancer. After Killebrew's death, the team announced they'd continue to wear those throwbacks for all home games the rest of the season in honor of Killebrew.
Phillies and Braves
The Braves hosted the Phillies May 13-15, 2011, for Civil Rights Weekend in Atlanta. To cap off the weekend, on Sunday both teams wore throwback uniforms from 1974 — the year that Braves great Hank Aaron passed Babe Ruth to become the all-time home run king.
Braves and Phillies
The Braves hosted the Phillies May 13-15, 2011, for Civil Rights Weekend in Atlanta. On Saturday, May 14, both teams played in replicas of their respective cities' Negro Leagues uniforms — the Phildelphia Stars and the Atlanta Black Crackers.
In 2011 the Indians wore alternate uniforms that evoked the past. They weren't so much "throwbacks" as compilation "fauxbacks." The home uni included a red cap with a vintage Indians navy block "C" (early 1900s), cream-colored uniform (late 1940s) with block lettering "INDIANS" (1960s) on the front, Chief Wahoo on the left sleeve and navy piping on the pant. The jersey had a red player number on the back with navy outline but no player name. The traditional road gray uniform showcased block "CLEVELAND" lettering with a navy cap with a red block "C". The jersey has a blue player name and number on the back with red outline. This uniform is reminiscent of the uniform of 1901 when the club became one of the American League's charter members.
One of the most recognizable logos in sports, the Milwaukee Brewers yellow and blue mitt logo was introduced in Winter 1977 and adorned Brewers caps for the 16 greatest seasons in club history. The logo was discontinued in 1993 but the Brewers still don the retro uniform for select home games.
In 2011, the Pirates sometimes wore a black alternate jersey that took a step back 74 years, replacing the team name with the standard gold "P" logo that was introduced in 1948.
The Mariners wore the teal uniform top at select games in 2011. The uniform was first worn in 1994 but has been absent for years.
The Chicago Cubs donned vintage uniforms when they took on the Dodgers, also in throwbacks, on May 4, 2011. In this era the Cubs were responsible for a lot of uniform firsts. They were the first team to use zippers instead of buttons in 1937. They were the first team to go sleeveless in 1940. This is also the first time the Cubs logo most resembled today's version.
Atlanta donned the uniform of the Boston Braves for their April 21, 2011, game vs. the Dodgers. The special satin (at that time) uniforms made their debut on May 11, 1946. The uniforms were designed to reflect the artificial light during the games. By 1953, there was no longer a need for two teams to reside in Boston, so the Braves packed their bags and moved to Milwaukee.
Los Angeles wore the 1940s road uniforms of the Brooklyn Dodgers for six mid-week day games in 2011. Their opponents will also wear throwbacks. In the '40s, the light blue uniforms were made of satin, but for the current team they are made of weather-friendlier material.
As part of the team's 50th anniversary celebration, the Angels wore the uniforms from the teams of the 1970s and 1980s for three dates in 2011 (April 8 and 22, May 6). Back then, they were still known as the California Angels; note the California logo on the right sleeve. These were the uniforms worn by Angels greats like Rod Carew, Mike Witt and Doug DeCinces.