And here it is, your 1964 Phillies throwback for retro weekend (via Matt Gelb on Twitter). And it’s just like 1964. The thinner, script “P,” the white button on top of the hat, and the giant Majestic tag right there on the jersey. Just like in ’64.
This coming weekend is the Phillies’ now-yearly Retro Weekend, this time taking everything back to 1964. The Phils and Cubs will wear 1964 throwbacks, and both vendors and grounds crew members will be dressed in some sort of retro attire. It won’t look exactly like above, since that’s not from ’64, but we’d dig it if everyone rocked that far-right jumpsuit. There will also be celebrity look-a-likes, a Beatles tribute act, and plenty of other nonsense to distract you from the product on the field.
Saturday, as part of the impossibly clever “Citizens Bank Park Saturdays,” Scott Eyre will throw out the first pitch. Scott Eyre, a pitcher whose 44.1 innings pitched in a Phillies uniform (while he was 36 and 37 years old) equals about seven percent of his career total. Actually, you know what, honoring a mediocre (yet important!) middle reliever befits this season.
And on Sunday, the Father’s Appreciation Day and Jim Bunning Tribute game actually sounds like a pretty great day at the ballpark. You’ve got a dad-fedora giveaway, Bunning throwing out the first pitch to honor his Father’s Day perfect game 50 years ago, there will be appearances from Dick Allen, Cookie Rojas and John Herrnstein, and the national anthem will be sung by Art Garfunkel. It’s not Paul Simon, but at least you’ll be able to see Garfunkel from the terrace deck.
[Editor’s note: Tickets available at Crossing Broad Tickets. Jim’s still learning how to shill.]
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From 2003 against the Pirates in solid yellow—ladies and gentlemen: your 1970s!
The pictures with formal write-ups of the uniforms in question are from Bill Henderson’s excellent MLB Game Worn Jerseys of the Double-Knit Era. Buy it here. If you’re even remotely interested in the rest of this entry, this will be the best $25 you’ll spend all baseball season. AND, he’s from the Philadelphia/Delaware County area, so his Phillies chapter is made with special care. (That’s actually a joke, I think. Each team gets an amazingly thorough treatment throughout. Yes, even the Diamondbacks.)
Check out Kyle's throwback-tastic write-up from earlier today for what he considers the Phillies' best logo. I disagree, but I like his enthusiasm. Also, notice that he's talking about a specific logo, not the uniforms of the 70s/80s in general.
It’s 80s night at Citizen’s Bank Park tonight, and even though they've had "70s night" and "80s night" promotions for the last few years, they’ll actually be trotting out throwbacks for one of the games. For those who were always disappointed that their recent “70s nights” never included the players dressing like the team of the 70s, consider this vindication for those times when you tuned in, only to see a few “retro” graphics on the broadcast but nothing else of note except for the ballgirls wearing something like this…
This is the the third Phillies throwback game of the season (the Negro League throwbacks write-up and the write-up for the more-or-less "away" version of tonight's uniforms). Of course, Uni-Watch has their write-up today (scroll down to the Phillies logo) and they’re so gosh-darn thorough that even if I would’ve come up with these points on my own (I was working on it, I swear!), they pretty much covered everything already. I'll recap here and add some more sizzle (snark?).
In terms of impressing boring (I wasn’t sure which word to strike-thru) your friends, subtly work these factoids into a response every time someone says, “they should wear these uniforms all the time,” or “it’s so cool they’re wearing the uniforms from the 80s. These should be the new alternates.”
1) The 1984 uniform (the “target” for this 80s promotion) included a zipper on the front; the change to buttons happened with the 1987 jersey. I’m sure this is just chalked up to Majestic’s current templates not having this feature… and, anyway, as a player, I’d cringe every time I did a head first slide with a zipper all along my torso.
2) The players won’t “look” like 1984 players because they’ll be wearing the pants at shoe height or lower, the jerseys (and pants) will likely be extra-baggy, and no stirrups will be in sight (some players will actually wear them, but it’s unlikely to catch-on with more than a few guys).
I usually stick to NFL uniforms and snide remarks in the comments, but the Phillies have a …UniTastic weekend series against the Braves, wearing Negro League throwbacks on Saturday and 1974 throwbacks on Sunday, so here's a quick run-down and review for Saturday's game. Some comments about Sunday's game later.
Unfortunately, I don’t have much background on the Negro Leagues, much less their uniforms, so this is more of a seat-of-the-pants review than anything grounded in facts and history.
That said, on to the uniforms.
The Phillies are wearing the uniforms of the Philadelphia Stars. You may have seen this logo floating around, but it doesn’t actually appear on the uniform. The uniform itself is plain, but has some nice details beyond just the novelty of them being throwbacks. Example, the old timey typeface of the arched wordmark and the numbers just gives the feeling of “old school uniform,” the simple, thin, and effective, red piping around the neck, connecting to the arm is a timeless feature which makes them look like a sports uniform instead of a shirt. The 1980s Mets and Indians (among other teams) experimented with this look, but the thin stroke does much more with less than the gaudy patches on those uniforms. Black (navy?) stroke around the lettering is a nice touch to increase contrast. The hat logo is extremely plain; it’s better than the Black Crackers hat, but it’s too plain to leave an impression.
A neat detail is that someone finally realized that “Philadelphia” has way too many letters to comfortably fit on a shirt and maintain readability, so they said “screw it” and abbreviated it to “Phila.” Genius. Really. For another example of the letter-overload hassle check out this prototype from the 1992 Phillies uniform refresh.
Special Note: The slide detailing the prototype is from the guide “MLB Game Worn Jerseys of the Double-Knit Era” by Bill Henderson (who happens to be from the Philadelphia area). He’s hosting a “Phillies Uniform History” discussion on May 26 in Philadelphia. If you’ve read this far into this entry, consider it a “must attend.”
As we told you about last month, the Flyers unveiled their "new" road jerseys yesterday.
Here's Mike Richards holding up the sweater at the Skate Zone in Voorhees. Of course, the jerseys are basically the same as the ones worn during the Winter Classic back in January. The only difference is that the patch has obviously been removed.
Still, big win here. These things are awesome.
The NHL Shop still doesn't have the jerseys on sale, but when they do we'll be sure to bring them to you at a discount- so check back.
Not that we haven't seen them before, but maybe they could have, like, ironed it, yo.
Over the coming days you will see a few updates to CB. No we didn't jump the shark, we just partnered with great retailers, like the NFL Shop, to bring you deals on the items you actually want. Most of the changes will take effect in the form of a "shop", but we'll give you plenty more details soon.
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As part of the Brewers' Retro Weekend promotion, the Phillies will be wearing their powder blue 1970's style road uniforms tonight. Jamie Moyer (pitching tonight) will look right at home in these unis, he was pitching in the Major Leagues the last time the Phillies wore them. Wow.
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