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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

RAB: Yankees to wear 1912 throwbacks for Fenway Park’s 100th anniversary

Holy shirt! This had to come with a priest’s blessing or something!

The Yankees play in one of the newest ballparks in baseball, but next year they’re going to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the oldest. They’ll be in Boston to play the Red Sox when Fenway Park turns 100 years old on April 20th, a century after they were in town when the place opened in 1912. Well, technically the New York Highlanders were there in 1912, since they didn’t become the Yankees until 1913.

The Sox will have all sorts of pre-game ceremonies to honor the place before the game, and the impossible to read Fenway Park 100th Anniversary Events site says that both clubs will wear 1912 throwback uniforms during the game. Reports earlier this month indicated that the Yankees had not yet agreed to wearing their old uniforms, but apparently the people at Fenway got the a-okay recently. A second throwback game between the Red Sox and Athletics is still tentative according to the Fenway site. The Yankees have not yet confirmed that they will be wearing the 1912 jerseys during the game, just to be clear.

Aside from various patches and whatnot, the Yankees have been using their current road jerseys since 1918* and their current home uniforms since 1936. The uniform above is the 1912 Highlanders’ outfit they’ll apparently wear during the game in Fenway Park, a rather generic uniform aside from the multi-colored socks.

 

Repoz Posted: December 27, 2011 at 07:07 PM | 20 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: history, memorabilia, red sox, yankees

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   1. TerpNats Posted: December 27, 2011 at 07:28 PM (#4023932)
I recall that some years ago, the Yankees wore New York Black Yankees replica uniforms for a Negro Leagues Heritage game at Detroit.
   2. Dale Sams Posted: December 27, 2011 at 07:34 PM (#4023936)
Ugh...ditch the socks. I think they're doing enough.
   3. Gamingboy Posted: December 27, 2011 at 07:39 PM (#4023939)
This (and what Terpnats was talkign about) are extremely surprising. The Yanks are incredibly resistant to doing stuff like that (sometimes for the better: they avoided the infamous "Turn Ahead the Clock Night" by telling everyone that they WERE wearing their future uniforms).
   4. Nasty Nate Posted: December 27, 2011 at 07:56 PM (#4023947)
The Red Sox will never be able to contend without a new stadium...
   5. SoSH U at work Posted: December 27, 2011 at 08:03 PM (#4023949)
Here's one vote for not ditching the socks.
   6. Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: December 27, 2011 at 08:28 PM (#4023963)
Holy shirt! This had to come with a priest’s blessing or something!


I knew that same Johnnie Priest back in the 60's and 70's when we used to hang out at the same pool rooms at 14th & Irving in DC and later in Randolph Hills in Rockville. Sweetest guy you'd ever meet, always nattily dressed in his distinctive porkpie hat and perfectly fit suit. I found several pictures of him (both Highlanders and Richmond) in my old Reach guides, took them to a photo shop and had them blown up, and he showed them around to anyone who didn't believe he'd really played in the Majors. I played against at least two future Major Leaguer on the sandlots (Ron Swoboda and Charlie Vinson) and was a teammate of the O's pitching coach / manager Ray Miller, but to this day Johnnie Priest remains the only Major League ballplayer I was ever on a first name basis with. And AFAIC I couldn't have picked a better one, -0.3 career WAR and all.
   7. Swoboda is freedom Posted: December 27, 2011 at 09:00 PM (#4023985)
Will they also sit all their black players as a tribute to 1912?
   8. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: December 27, 2011 at 09:32 PM (#4023998)
Probably not.
   9. just plain joe Posted: December 27, 2011 at 10:26 PM (#4024023)
They should have Rawlings/Wilson/Mizuno make them some replica 1912 fielder's gloves to make the experience more authentic. That and play the game using only one baseball.
   10. beer on a stick Posted: December 28, 2011 at 04:05 AM (#4024159)
Spitballs!
   11. Gonfalon B. Posted: December 28, 2011 at 04:16 AM (#4024161)
Looking forward to this. I've already bought my ticket on the outfield grass, behind the rope.
   12. Dan Posted: December 28, 2011 at 04:23 PM (#4024298)
They should have Rawlings/Wilson/Mizuno make them some replica 1912 fielder's gloves to make the experience more authentic. That and play the game using only one baseball.


That would be really awkward when someone hit a home run over the Monster and into the parking across the street. That would create quite a delay while the ball was retrieved.
   13. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: December 28, 2011 at 04:42 PM (#4024307)
More importantly, they should honor the occasion by having the Sox beat the Giants in a dramatic World Series. Melky Cabrera can drop a fly ball in extra innings, it'll be great.
   14. Charlie O Posted: December 28, 2011 at 05:42 PM (#4024350)
If the writer meant Fenway is the oldest ballpark in major league baseball, okay. But it's definitely not the oldest ballpark in baseball. Rickwood Field in Birmingham, Alabama is older. I was there for its 100th anniversary celebration in 2010.
   15. ray james Posted: December 28, 2011 at 06:12 PM (#4024379)
I still miss the old white elephant logo the A's used to have.
   16. Greg K Posted: December 28, 2011 at 06:29 PM (#4024396)
If the writer meant Fenway is the oldest ballpark in major league baseball, okay. But it's definitely not the oldest ballpark in baseball. Rickwood Field in Birmingham, Alabama is older. I was there for its 100th anniversary celebration in 2010.

I was always taught that Labatt Park in London, Ontario is the oldest baseball field in the world still in use. Though apparently there's been some dispute over the fact that home plate was moved after a flood in the 1880s, so some park in Mass. has a claim.

It brings to mind the vicious Nottingham pub rivalry between Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, which boasts a 1189 opening date and Ye Olde Salutation (which I believe claims 1325, but with better documentation).
   17. ray james Posted: December 28, 2011 at 06:35 PM (#4024400)
Though apparently there's been some dispute over the fact that home plate was moved after a flood in the 1880s, so some park in Mass. has a claim.


Isn't this the one in Pittsfield that Bouton got in a row over?
   18. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: December 28, 2011 at 06:38 PM (#4024401)
It brings to mind the vicious Nottingham pub rivalry between Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, which boasts a 1189 opening date and Ye Olde Salutation (which I believe claims 1325, but with better documentation).
Contested, apparently, among people who need to get Ye Olde life and should perhaps consider having a pint of Ye Olde beer.
   19. Charlie O Posted: December 28, 2011 at 08:46 PM (#4024513)
I believe Pittsfield, MA claims to possess the oldest baseball "grounds" rather than the oldest ballpark. Birmingham claims to possess America's oldest ballpark in continuous use with its original grandstand and in its original location. There are other diamonds that appear to be older but they don't include the original structure. There's Warren Ballpark in Bisbee, AZ. It opened about a year before Rickwood Field but the grandstand is allegedly not the original. Ballparks in Vermont and Rhode Island have similar stories -- they claim an older diamond but the grandstands were rebuilt in later years.
   20. TerpNats Posted: December 28, 2011 at 09:40 PM (#4024560)
hey should have Rawlings/Wilson/Mizuno make them some replica 1912 fielder's gloves to make the experience more authentic. That and play the game using only one baseball.
And if we were honoring a ballpark built in 1943, we could use one of those balata balls; it'd be 1968 all over again (on the field, that is).

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