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Should the Yanks Wear Throwbacks More Often?



By Mike Silva ~ April 20th, 2012. Filed under: New York Yankees.

It appears the fans really like the New York Highlander 1912 throwbacks the Yankees are wearing today against the Red Sox. The Yankees are one of the few teams that don’t ever wear an alternate or throwback jersey due to the rich tradition of the pinstripes. The Bombers haven’t worn a different road uniform since 1918, and the home uniform has been the same since 1936. Their batting practice jerseys are about as close as you will get to an alternate look in the Bronx.

I am never a fan of teams employing third color uniforms (usually black) just for the sake of sales and marketing. You can sell those jerseys just fine without having the players don them on the field (see Pink Hats throughout baseball). I do like when a team embraces tradition and wears some sort of throwback on a particular occasion.

Perhaps the Yankees should use throwback jerseys more often. Their uniform hasn’t changed all that much over the years, but wearing a more traditional look from their early history would be an interesting change of pace during the season. Perhaps they could make these Yankees-Red Sox throwbacks a yearly tradition, not just for Fenway Park’s 100th birthday. Maybe they break out different versions of their uniform on Old Timers’ Day.

What do you think? Do you agree? Also, what type of other throwbacks would you like to see?

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In case you want to learn more about the 1912 baseball season and specifically the Red Sox, you can listen to a segment I did on my radio program back in 2009 with NY Post columnist Mike Vaccaro.

Mike wrote a book called “The First Fall Classic: The Red Sox, the Giants and the Cast of Players, Pugs and Politicos Who Re-Invented the World Series in 1912.”

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