During the World Series, we had a guest column on SDB from frequent contributor Dan Leonard. Dan's column received lots of great feedback and he wanted to do a follow-up on his baseball subject. So, without further introduction, here's Dan's column:
By Dan Leonard
I've received quite a bit of positive feedback from readers on my guest column. This comment on my article was made by Starskee on October 30th:
It's curious to consider that
innovation is often tempered by superstition and superstition can drive teams to
emulate the design of winning teams. A team could come out with some wacky new
design and be ridiculed, but if they're winning, all will be forgiven. And then
emulated! Having said that, I do dig the classic uniforms.
By the way, the font and
uniform style of the L.A. Dodgers is still pretty much the original Brooklyn
look, right? (Except for the knickers/socks, I guess...)
Starskee's point is quite insightful.
The early 70s Oakland Athletics came out with new uniforms in kelly green, gold and white jerseys that were interchangeable with their white pants. It was a huge break from traditional, staid baseball uniforms. In addition to the radical colored jerseys, they sported gold socks beneath the kelly green stirrups, also a departure from the norm. Yes, those A's teams were certainly trendy, and successful! These stylish dudes won three consecutive world series championships from 1972-74, all while sporting long hair, sideburns, beards and mustaches.
The Buccos did become superstitious, too. During the 1979 season, the elder statesman, 38 year-old team captain , Willie Stargell decreed that they would only wear the black jerseys with gold pants or vice versa. Thereby, disbanding the pinstriped versions altogether, during their divisional playoffs and World Series games.