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whoman69
06-21-2012, 01:05 PM
We have a new competitor for the title.

..Rays’ ‘Turn Back the Clock’ uniforms want to party like it’s 1979
By David Brown

Everyone knows that Major League Baseball arrived in St. Petersburg, Fla., for the 1998 season. What the Tampa Bay Rays presuppose by having a "Turn Back the Clock" to 1979 day is, what if it didn't?


That the Rays didn't exist in '79 yet is not stopping them from donning the uniforms modeled by skipper Joe Maddon in the above photo for a game against the Detroit Tigers on June 30. The duds are '70s chic, and could be described as '79 San Diego Padres meet '78 Seattle Mariners, meet '77 Atlanta Braves, meet '76 mom's kitchen. With a little Milwaukee Brewers thrown in, especially with the cap. Two shades of blue — sky and navy — along with a dash of sunshine yellow, the unis perfectly capture what the Rays look might have been had they ... been. The "A" in Rays is a sunshine/orange deal that sort of looks like if a blow dryer mated with a French horn. But it was the '70s, when subversive subconscious suggestions became popular in advertising. Accuracy!

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The Rays have done "Turn Back the Clock" games for 10 years, and in other seasons have used old Devil Rays jerseys or uniforms from minor-league teams that used to play in the area. This is cooler.

The Tigers are good sports for playing along (visiting teams don't always), wearing their Alan Trammell-Lou Whitaker-Kirk Gibson-Jack Morris-era road grays. Note that the olde English "D" is orange like in today's Tigers' road cap, but is slightly bigger with a white outline for a 3-D effect. (OK, I might be a uniform nerd.)

And '79 was a good year for Detroit, as Sparky Anderson took over midseason as manager and "Magnum, P.I." debuted on CBS with Tom Selleck in the titular role as a private investigator who often wore a Tigers cap and sometimes even went out for a beer with the double play combination:

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/mlb-big-league-stew/rays-turn-back-clock-uniforms-party-1979-213700184--mlb.html

whoman69
06-21-2012, 01:05 PM
http://l1.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/w0h4GDspSJSMmsdZKj3eAA--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7cT04NTt3PTYzMA--/http://media.zenfs.com/en/blogs/sptusmlbexperts/joemaddonrays79.jpg

Nickel D
06-21-2012, 01:17 PM
They even look like they're made from polyester, just as most fashionable 70's duds were.

Steron
06-21-2012, 01:27 PM
http://www.toptenz.net/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/pirates-uniform.jpg

http://www.toptenz.net/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/houston-astros-uniform.jpg

http://www.faniq.com/images/blog/38ab57109c4601b83dd499360b05ad4a.jpg

http://www.faniq.com/images/blog/a4f5346d8a65bcee3c98062df04acc80.jpg

Micjones
06-21-2012, 01:32 PM
Oddly, I like all of those.

tredadda
06-21-2012, 02:19 PM
I actually like the Orioles uniforms.

Dr. Facebook Fever
06-21-2012, 02:30 PM
So the Rays are wearing uniforms they never actually wore. Well that's........ neat.

The Pirates old unis are the worst ever imo but the Astros and White Sox are close. The old Mariners were bad, espcially the hats.

Deberg_1990
06-21-2012, 02:34 PM
76 White Sox unies with the Shorts

MIAdragon
06-21-2012, 02:36 PM
So the Rays are wearing uniforms they never actually wore. Well that's........ neat.

The Pirates old unis are the worst ever imo but the Astros and White Sox are close. The old Mariners were bad, espcially the hats.

Houston needs to go back to the Colt 45's

http://images.ha.com/lf?set=path%5B1%2F0%2F3%2F5%2F1035254%5D%2Csizedata%5B450x2000%5D&call=url%5Bfile%3Aproduct.chain%5D

whoman69
06-21-2012, 03:42 PM
So the Rays are wearing uniforms they never actually wore. Well that's........ neat.

The Pirates old unis are the worst ever imo but the Astros and White Sox are close. The old Mariners were bad, espcially the hats.

You must be joking. The old Pirates uniforms are probably only after the old A's uniforms as best ever. I like the old style caps they wore and the fact that there were lots of combinations. I have to agree on the Astros. If the White Sox didn't have the shorts, those would be some cool uniforms remiscent of the early uniforms from the teens.

whoman69
06-21-2012, 03:44 PM
I actually like the Orioles uniforms.

Just like the Chiefs, you can't have the colored pants with the same colored jerseys.

ImAWalkingCorpse
06-21-2012, 03:46 PM
http://www.toptenz.net/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/pirates-uniform.jpg

Best uniforms ever.

Dr. Facebook Fever
06-21-2012, 07:21 PM
You must be joking. The old Pirates uniforms are probably only after the old A's uniforms as best ever. I like the old style caps they wore and the fact that there were lots of combinations. I have to agree on the Astros. If the White Sox didn't have the shorts, those would be some cool uniforms remiscent of the early uniforms from the teens.

Not joking in the least. The hats alone are laugh/puke inducing and I've always hated the black and gold combo on any team but the way the Pirates wore it was just god-awful.

tredadda
06-21-2012, 09:28 PM
Just like the Chiefs, you can't have the colored pants with the same colored jerseys.

Meh, I don't see an issue with it. I guess alot of it is because I don't mind the orange and black color scheme.

blaise
06-22-2012, 06:57 AM
The old Astros uniforms were nice. You see people in Houston wearing them and they look pretty cool.

Ceej
06-22-2012, 08:22 AM
Another cool, retro jersey is the Expos.

The Astros, Mariners and Expos are the coolest.

Rams Fan
06-22-2012, 08:28 AM
I like the 1970's/1980's Angels' jerseys:

http://www.crosley-field.com/grob/images/Uniforms/1971CAtn.jpg

http://www.legendaryauctions.com/LotImages/8/rea0397_med.jpeg

listopencil
06-22-2012, 09:30 AM
Best uniforms ever.

...for a marching band.