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Throwback Season

No one knows sports uniforms like ESPN’s Paul Lukas. In his most recent Uni Watch column, Lukas goes team-by-team for a look at MLB throwbacks for this season.

Among his findings:

Cubs: The Cubbies haven’t yet hopped aboard the throwback bandwagon this season, but that will change Saturday, when they wear 1912 throwbacks for a game against the Giants.

Mariners: The M’s dressed up as the old Seattle Rainiers last weekend. Kudos to them for going the extra mile with throwback batting helmets.

Padres: What can brown do for you? Plenty, if you’re in San Diego. The Pads revived one of their many brown-and-gold looks on May 18, and they have additional throwback games in store later this season. They’ve also been distributing throwback Padres uniforms to local Little Leaguers.

Tigers: Detroit already has an old-school uni, of course, but they looked even more retro on May 19, when they became the Detroit Stars of the Negro Leagues.

White Sox: It’s been retro time on the South Side for Sunday home games, as the ChiSox have been wearing 1972 throwbacks — complete with red shoes!

Yankees: You know the throwback phenomenon is serious when the Bronx Bombers get into the act. The Yanks wore their 1912 design as part of the Fenway Park centennial celebration on April 20. It marked only the second time the Yankees have ever worn a throwback. (The other time was in 1996, when they wore New York Black Yankees uniforms for a Negro Leagues throwback game in Detroit.)

Additionally, Lukas invites his readers to submit their ideas for next year’s Astros logo, when the club does the unthinkable and bolts the Senior Circuit for the American League.

More here.

Jason Epstein is the president of Southfive Strategies, LLC. He was a public-relations consultant for the Turkish embassy in Washington from 2002 to 2007.

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