Rare Yankees Throwbacks

The Yankees will wear these 1912 New York Highlanders uniforms today at Fenway Park. Photo by New York Yankees

Today, the Red Sox and Yankees will mark the 100-year anniversary of Fenway Park’s opening, and they will do it in appropriate fashion.

While the Red Sox have sported ancient throwbacks in the past (like last season against the Cubs), this change is a very rare thing for the Yankees.

Since the Yankees became the Yankees in 1913, they pinstripes have been a staple of the uniform, giving them no alternate or even throwback to go to like most of baseball these days. Now, the Yankees will dress as the New York Highlanders, and don the 1912 throwbacks for this momentous occasion in Boston.

The uniforms themselves are pretty standard, and that’s a good thing. Baseball was simple back in those days (at least that’s what I hear), so it’s always fun to see guys like Derek Jeter and Jacoby Ellsbury dressed more than a little differently for a game.

The Star-Ledger’s Marc Carig even provided a little history on the Yankees’ throwbacks for this afternoon, and why the team has been so hesitant to use them for so long.

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Nike takes the NFL

Nike's Todd Van Horne and the Seahawks' Kam Chancellor helped usher in a new era of Seattle's uniforms at the big Nike reveal yesterday. Photo by the New York TImes.

Now that we’ve had some time to let the Nike uniform revolution wash over us for a day, it’s time to settle down and think about what the NFL will look like come September.

In reality, there is not too much to get excited about here. The changes aren’t as dramatic as many thought they would be considering Nike’s history with crazy uniforms.

For the most part, teams will be changing their collars a bit to accommodate the flywire collars that became a trademark for Nike uniforms during last college football season. I never really understood why these collars needed to be used, but it seems to be a characteristic Nike likes to use for their uniforms.

The one team that went over the edge with their uniforms was the Seattle Seahawks.

There must be something about the Pacific Northwest that inspires teams to go for crazy uniforms, but it all started with Oregon and is now making its way to Seattle.

My biggest problem with Seattle’s news uniforms is the fact that there is just so much going on with them. I am usually in favor of intricacies to the uniforms, but the Seahawks take it too far.

The shoulder pads alone have at least four features to them, it’s impossible to keep track of all that as the game is going on.

The font on the numbers is pretty weak, it makes the uniform look too much like a college team. However, upon closer inspection, you can see the numbers have a pattern on them, but unless you are tackling Marshawn Lynch, it might be tough to notice that.

One feature I do like on the Seahawks new uniforms is the same pattern along the pants. I always thought the Seahawks pants were a little simple and could have used an extra stripe. Now, they have added that despite ruining the rest of the uniform.

Here is the photo gallery the Seahawks posted if you’re interested in exploring the new uniforms any further.