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Cincinnati Reds Barry Larkin 1991

Pullovers

According to SportsLogos.net, the Reds will be sporting throwback uniforms against the Phillies on August 22 in Philadelphia. In celebration of their third place finish in the NL East (?), the Phils will be donning some pretty sweet pin-stripe maroons with the Reds sporting the those v-neck grey numbers like Barry is wearing above.

Interestingly, SportsLogos.net also points out that on the same exact date in 1991, the Reds and Phillies played a Turn Back the Clock game, recreating looks from 1957! Crazy!

The Reds last dipped into the pull-over era for a 2009 game against the Pirates in Pittsburgh. That match-up featured unis from 1979 and a slightly different version of the road grey pullover. Two major differences – the sleeve cuffs on the ’79 version are red/white while the 1991 model is red/white/red. Also, “CINCINNATI” on the 1991 version uses a white outline while the ’70s version is just a single layer of red.

The Reds last played in the throwback game against the Brewers in 2011 and last threw back at home during the 2010 MLB Civil Rights Game.

OMGreds always enjoys a Reds throwback, even on the road. We’re looking for a 1995 throwback in honor of Barry… Still time to pull that off for the August 25 celebration?

Pants!

Reds Negro League throwback pants on sale at the Reds Team Shop

Reds Negro League throwback pants on sale at the Reds Team Shop

Like many, OMGreds was curious about the fabric used for the Reds and Brewers uniforms from the July 9th Negro League Tribute game. Many guessed that both teams were actually wearing full-on flannel uniforms. We figured not, but you never know. So, we were down at the Reds Team Shop today and they had game-used pants from that game on sale. We confirmed that the uniforms were indeed synthetic, modern materials, not flannel. The material was designed to look like flannel from a distance. AIS Custom Uniform Company handled the manufacturing, as they have for other throwback games, movies and more.

While the Team Shop had pants, no jerseys were available. We hear through the grapevine that the Reds Community Fund will be auctioning off a small handful of them starting Monday on Reds.com. FYI, we have not confirmed that with the Reds or the Community Fund.

If your into nabbing one for free, Better Off Red, Featuring Jamie Ramsey and the
Rama Lama Ding Dong?s, will be giving one away very soon. Limited details, and a great shot of the jersey available right here. Good luck!

Some other quick photos we snapped of the pants.

Reds Negro League throwbacks made by AIS

Reds Negro League throwbacks made by AIS

Reds Negro League throwback pants - fabric and belt loops

Reds Negro League throwback pants - fabric and belt loops

While we would love to own a game-used jersey from this game, if we were going to purchase this look at retail, we would nab this flannel version from Ebbets Field Flannels instead.

And looked good doing it, too!

Joey Votto in a 1937 Cincinnati Tigers replica uniform

Joey Votto in a 1937 Cincinnati Tigers replica uniform

OMG. That game was beautiful. From a uniform standpoint, that is. Kudos to the Brewers for pulling off each team’s respective uniforms so exceptionally well during their 6th Annual Negro League Tribute Game. The Brewers donned uniforms from the 1923 Milwaukee Bears and the Reds from the 1936-37 Cincinnati Tigers.

Someone was paying attention to the details – check out the centered belt loop on the Reds’ pants, placed just as it was back in the day. The typeface used for Reds’ numbers was beautiful. Plus, check out the pockets and belt loops! Oh, and those hats! The size of that “crest c” is ginormous, but that’s how they were.

Props to each team for wearing high socks. No, they’re not stirrups, but in today’s game, it’s a big win. We imagine that was a requirement for each team, as all players on both teams had their pants cropped short. Except for Champman’s, for some reason.

If you missed it, here’s the Tweet from @DatdudeBP with him and Fred Lewis doing some modeling before the game. Swag? Swag.

Best part of the game? The Reds got back on track and beat the Brewers 8-4 in 10 innings. Woo!

Check out the photo gallery on Cincinnati.Com for last night’s game to get a better look at the umm… look.

Throwback alert

1936 Cincinnati Tigers

1936 Cincinnati Tigers

Reds fans will get another throwback treat tonight as Milwaukee host’s their 6th Annual Negro Leagues Tribute Game. Both teams will be wearing throwback uniforms honoring Negro League teams from their respective cites, the Milwaukee Bears and the Cincinnati Tigers.

From the Brewers.com:

In tribute to one of the greatest baseball traditions ever established in sports, the two teams will honor the legendary Negro Leagues and its players by wearing vintage uniforms from the Milwaukee Bears and Cincinnati Tigers Negro Leagues teams.

1937 Cincinnati Tigers jersey

Tigers jersey from Ebbets Field Flannels

The Cincinnati Tigers actually wore second-hand uniforms from the Reds during their short 4-year (1934-37) history. So the Reds will essentially be wearing their own 1930s road uniform design. The jersey to the right is one of our favorite items from Ebbets Field Flannels, who specialize in exact reproductions of vintage jerseys.

We dug the simplicty of the 1944 uniforms that the Reds wore against the Dodgers on June 15, but these 1930′s era uniforms should be even better. Hopefully a uniform change will inspire a win tonight… our boys need one.

Forty-Four

A look at the Reds Throwback uniform to be used on Wednesday, June 15 vs the Dodgers.  The uniform is modeled after their 1944 road design

A look at the Reds Throwback uniform to be used on Wednesday, June 15 vs the Dodgers. The uniform is modeled after their 1944 road design

The Reds are tossing it back to 1944 when the Dodgers host them on Wednesday, June 15th for one of LA’s “Throwback Days.” 3:10pm EST start, by the way.

In what started as a fan-vote promotion during the off-season, has become quite a uniform-enthusisat’s treat this season. Fans had the choice of several options: Uniforms from 1911, 1931 or 1944, obviously choosing the ’44 design based on blue satin uniforms worn during that era by the Brooklyn Dodgers.

2011 Dodgers throwback uniforms

2011 Dodgers throwback uniforms (Photo: Dodgers)

1940′S ROAD ALTERNATE UNIFORM
After nearly 50,000 votes, this uniform edged out the 1911 Road option by less than 2,000 votes. Though the original uniform worn in the 1940s was made of a highly reflective satin fabric to make it more visible under the lights for night games, the 2011 throwback jerseys will be made of the same material and maintain the same feel as those worn by the Dodgers throughout the season. The jerseys will be available for purchase by fans at Dodger Stadium beginning on the first date they are worn, April 21, when the Dodgers welcome Atlanta to Chavez Ravine. That date marks the anniversary of the franchise’s first victory, which also came against the Braves in 1890.

While the uniforms for the Reds will be produced by Majestic, uniforms for the previous two Throwback Days (against the Brave and Cubs, respectively) were made by Bobcat Athletic. UniWatch did a fantastic profile on Bob Halfacre, who runs Bobcat Athletic, about landing the gig and producing prototypes and the first two rounds of uniforms for the Dodgers.

Hall of Famer Bill McKechnie sporting the 1944-style Reds road uniform

Hall of Famer Bill McKechnie sporting the 1944-style Reds road uniform

As for the Reds duds, we’re excited to see them on the field. While the 1944 road uniform is fairly conservative in design, they’ll look solid. They lack the pizzaz that, say, a 1978 Padres uniform might bring to the diamond, and are certainly not as exciting as the previous two “Throwback Days” opponents – the Braves and the Cubs. The blue cap with red bill should really make the look, though. We’re glad that the Dodgers chose to keep the Reds’ look in the ’40s to match the Brooklyn uniforms and didn’t go outside of the era just to get a more interesting visual match-up.

Also, no word yet on the hosiery the Reds will be wearing. Most of the team wears pants “style de pajama” (notable detractors include Mike Leake and Bill Bray), but the Braves did rock stirrups as a team during the first throwback game. There’s always hope, right?

The Reds are indicating that more photos of the Reds uniforms will be posted once the team gets to Los Angeles on Monday. No word on whether there jerseys will be available in the Reds Team Shop, but we would venture to guess they won’t be, as this promotion has been completely organized and paid for by the Dodgers. Game-used uniforms for both teams will be auctioned off by the Dodgers.

By the way, the 1944 Reds finished 89-65, good for 3rd place in the National League behind Pittsburgh and St. Louis. The Cardinals went on the beat the St. Louis Browns in the World Series. 1944 was also the debut of one Mr. Joseph Henry Nuxhall.

Speaking of throwbacks, did you see the Padres/Nationals game Saturday night? Beautiful!

UPDATE: Reds fans will get another throwback treat when they travel to Milwalkee and play in the 6th Annual Negro Leagues Tribute Game on Saturday, July 9. The Brewers will be wearing Milwaukee Bears reproductions – maybe these?. From brewers.com:

In tribute to one of the greatest baseball traditions ever established in sports, the two teams will honor the legendary Negro Leagues and its players by wearing vintage uniforms from the Milwaukee Bears and Cincinnati Tigers Negro Leagues teams.

The Reds will also don tribute uniforms, honoring the 1937 Cincinnati Tigers who wore these beauties.

Just Beggin’!

In honor of the 75th anniversary of Major League Baseball’s first night game, the Reds are doing ‘Reds Unplugged‘ night when they host the Pirates on May 24. Neat idea to commemorate the first night game, which of course was hosted at Crosley Field on May 24, 1935.

But something is missing! This night is just beggin’ for some turn-back-the-clock uniforms. Yep, we still have throw-back fever from the Civil Rights Game. So do you, and you know it!

Reds Uniforms from 1935

1935 Reds Uniforms

1935 Reds Uniforms

Look at those stirrups! LOOK AT THEM.

From the Reds:

Don’t miss a special celebration on Monday, May 24 as the Cincinnati Reds honor the 75th anniversary of Major League Baseball’s first night game, which was hosted at Crosley Field on May 24, 1935.

The Reds will take fans back to see what baseball was like at Crosley Field in 1935, with an old-time look on the scoreboard and fewer lights and signage around the park. In addition to activities before the game to honor this historic date, the seventh-inning stretch will feature a special ceremonial lighting of the ballpark to signify the explosion of light fans experienced when this new era of baseball was ushered in 75 years ago.

Plus, fans will have the opportunity for an up-close viewing of an original Crosley Field light in the Reds Hall of Fame.

Be there for this special “unplugged” edition of Reds baseball and celebrate the birth of night baseball!

Click here for more information

Take it back to ’47

Cincinnati Redlegs uniforms during the 1940s

Reds uniforms of the early '40s - virtually un-changed (save for the red bill of the hats) compared to the '47 version the Reds will be playing in during the 2010 Civil Rights game.

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:

1947 Cincinnati Reds
1947 Cincinnati Reds Uniforms

1947 Cincinnati Reds Uniforms

1947 St. Louis Cardinals
1947 St. Louis Cardinals Uniforms

1947 St. Louis Cardinals Uniforms

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.

Reds premium sales manager Ryan Rizzo models the 1947 throwback jersey and cap that the Reds will wear during the 2010 Civil Rights Game.

Reds premium sales manager Ryan Rizzo models the 1947 throwback jersey and cap that the Reds will wear during the 2010 Civil Rights Game. (Photos courtesy of the Reds)

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

Cincinnati Reds Chuck Harmon mesh jersey giveaway

Chuck Harmon Mesh Jersey

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.

Random Wishes
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.