As they did in 2009, the Reds are hosting the annual Civil Rights Game and sporting throw-back uniforms. This year’s style will take a nod from the 1947 Cincinnati Reds uniforms, while the opposing Cardinals will be donning unis from the same year. The connection with 1947 is significant, being the year that Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier when he debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947.
Here’s a quick look at each team’s threads courtesy of Dressed to the Nines:
Last year, the uniforms from 1964 were featured (in the Civil Rights Game) and looked pretty snazzy. The ’47 uniforms to be featured in this year’s game, while understated in comparison to the ’64 unis, should look fantastic. This uniform design also features a dark blue to contrast with the Red… a feature that would be present in Reds uniforms until 1967, when the Reds boiled their palette down to just red and white.
The ’47 Reds uni is a thing of beauty and represents classic baseball design aesthetics. Clean white jersey and pants with no piping or stripes topped with a solid blue hat featuring a red wishbone C. This style also sits in the middle of the hey-day of the all-but-extinct stirrup. It would be a glorious sight to see the entire Reds roster that night honoring that great baseball tradition and rockin’ the stirrups. Glorious indeed, but we’re not holding our breath on that one.
Word is that the Reds will be hawking “Authentic Replicas” of the jerseys this weekend for those interested. Personally, I would love to acquire a true authentic or maybe even a game-used one.
Let’s not forget the Cardinals in this whole thing. While the Reds will be visually understated and classic, the St. Louis baseball club will be wearing one of the greatest baseball stylings in the history of the game. Check out Stan Musial in the Cards’ visitor unis from that era. Stunning.
Mesh Jersey Giveaway
A 1954-style Chuck Harmon mesh jersey will be given away at GABP this night to the first 20,000 fans in attendance. The jersey honors Harmon as the first African-American player to play for the Reds.
Our only aesthetic quibble with the jersey is with the Harmon’s name being included on the back. But, let’s remember that it’s a promotional item, so it’s all good – and a great honor to Mr. Harmon.
All of the OMGreds staff was shut out of last year’s Frank Robinson mesh jersey – even 1 hour 40 minutes before the first pitch! We imagine this year’s giveaway will go just as quickly. Gates at GABP fly open at 5:10pm on Saturday night, so get downtown early to make sure you get one.
How great would it be if the helmet sundaes at GABP that weekend used a throw-back helmet? Simply awesome? Yeah, we agree. Heck, the UDF Ice Cream stands should just have a throw-back helmet option anyways. Let’s do it!
More on the 2010 Civil Rights Weekend
Check out MLB.com for more about the 2010 Civil Rights Weekend. There are a lot of great things going on in and around Downtown Cincinnati this weekend.