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Don’t Change Their Stripes

Richie Ashburn models the Phillies' original pinstripes

The Yankees weren’t the first team to wear pinstripes, but they have worn them at home longer than any other team, doing so continuously since 1915. The team that comes the closest is the Phillies, who introduced the ancestor of their current home uniform in 1950, the same year their Whiz Kids met the Yankees in the World Series, and maintained their home pinstripes throughout their 1970-1991 redesign. The Phils’ current home duds differ in a number of ways from the flannels worn by the Whiz Kids (including blue buttons on the caps, blue stars dotting the i’s in “Phillies,” numbers on the left sleeve, names on the back, a new number font, and a purer shade of red), but the gist is the same. Their non-pinstriped alternates, a variation on their home duds from 1946 to 1949, are handsome and would represent a significant upgrade on their current road unis, but their home pinstripes are classics.


1 Sliced Bread   ~  Oct 27, 2009 9:15 am

we probably won't see the non-pinstriped alt uni as they break that out for day games.

2 The Hawk   ~  Oct 27, 2009 9:22 am

SI dot com says "... the Yankees corporate crowd vs the Phillies flag-waving fans ..."

Go **** yourself.

3 The Hawk   ~  Oct 27, 2009 9:26 am

From NYT "How Manuel and Girardi react to the other’s moves could determine the champion."

Scary thought.

4 Sliced Bread   ~  Oct 27, 2009 9:27 am

yeah, everybody's playing the evil empire thing to the hilt like the Yankees purchased 99% of their roster with TARP money.

5 a.O   ~  Oct 27, 2009 9:32 am

[2] Seriously. Stereotype much?

I think the Phils have some of the better duds in the league. I also liked the maroon and white they wore in the 70s-era.

I thought the Rays should have gone with red and gold on their recent re-design, but other than that the AL has universally good unis. This is probably sacrilige, but I've always wanted to see the Yanks try a navy alternate top occasionally. Something like the BP jerseys. Just once in a while.

6 Yankee Mama   ~  Oct 27, 2009 9:41 am

It's funny. When the Yankees were in their post season drought last year, the pundits were writng that we've finally achieved parity in MLB. How teams like the Rays or the Rockies (the year earlier) could now reach the coveted fall classic.
Now, that the Yankees have reached the World Series, all we hear about is our payroll, our corporate fanbase, the financial juggernaut who makes it impossible for small market teams to succeed.
Don't they anything else to write about?

7 rbj   ~  Oct 27, 2009 9:43 am

[5] Oh no. Pinstripes at home, grays on the road. Some things just need to be consistent. Though if Selig dictates alternate caps, instead of the red cap the Yankees should use the 1916 red white and blue cap


8 Yankee Mama   ~  Oct 27, 2009 9:49 am

[7] I normally don't approve of red on anything Yankee, but that's a smart looking cap.

9 Cliff Corcoran   ~  Oct 27, 2009 9:57 am

[5] Except for the fact that the Blue Jays' duds are awful and the Rangers were all fouled up this year.

10 a.O   ~  Oct 27, 2009 9:57 am

[7] Wow, that's a new high in ugly. Caps should never be white.

11 a.O   ~  Oct 27, 2009 10:00 am

[9] Yep, some minor exceptions. But the Jays and Rangers both have a good past to fall back on, uni-wise.

12 rbj   ~  Oct 27, 2009 10:00 am

[10] It was their actual 1916 cap. I figure if there is a mandate for an alternate, go with something that has some history.

13 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 27, 2009 10:07 am


Imagining Joba's sweat stains on that white cap ....

14 Diane Firstman   ~  Oct 27, 2009 10:08 am

I personally think that at some point, the Yanks will try and put a corporate logo somewhere on their unis.

15 a.O   ~  Oct 27, 2009 10:12 am

[12, 13] Hilarious. I think everyone can agree that we shouldn't mess with the caps. I'll settle for a blue stripe on the road pants if no one brings up those caps again!

But seriously, does anyone else find it odd that the logo is dominated vt red but it appears nowhere on the unis (except for the MLB logo)?

16 Yankee Mama   ~  Oct 27, 2009 10:12 am

[14] Please, no.

17 rbj   ~  Oct 27, 2009 10:20 am

[13] I got mine in 1993, from my property law professor. Let's just say that it isn't as white as it once was even though I've rarely sweated in it.

18 a.O   ~  Oct 27, 2009 10:53 am

[17] Donative transfer?

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