OT: Detroit Tigers (Real throwback uniforms, circa 1979) @ Tampa Rays (imaginary throwbacks)

Submitted by rob f on June 30th, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Tune in to FoxTV now for "Throwback Night" at Tropicana Field.  Tigers are wearing the road grays w/orange and blue stripes of the late 70's and 80's and look good in them.  The Rays didn't exist then, so they had to come up with something that looks like a hybrid Blue Jays/Astros/Padres concoction.  Actually, all things considered, not too awful-looking.



June 30th, 2012 at 7:35 PM ^

Love the Tiger uniforms. Reminds me of the glory days of the '80s.

The Rays look like a couple of 70's jerseys puked on each other. 


June 30th, 2012 at 8:42 PM ^

I agree. Those teams were special and baseball was special. To me you can throw money at all the free agents you want and maybe find a World Series once in a while, but you can't top teams like 87 (and 06 for that matter) where a team that's undertalented puts it all together for a ride of a season.


June 30th, 2012 at 8:18 PM ^

Why not just wear the regular away cap, since that's what the Tigers wore back when they wore these uniforms?

(Random factoid: for a long time, the Tigers were the only franchise to wear separate home and away caps.  The orange D cap has been around for decades.)


June 30th, 2012 at 8:27 PM ^

Tigs throwbacks are probably my favorite look ever. Wish they would incorporate this into a slightly more modern look. Of course i grew up in the 80s when they wore them, so I'm clearly biased.

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June 30th, 2012 at 9:15 PM ^

...How the real, current Tiger road uniforms...

...are themselves throwbacks, to the '50's...

...and that there were later road uniforms, most memorably the ones from the sixties...

...but also the ones from the seventies (for which they needlessly cluttered up the cap logo for tonight's throwbacks)...




rob f

June 30th, 2012 at 10:29 PM ^

I have to admit, I never knew the Tigers had ever gone away from the home "English D" uniforms, even though I've looked at that website several times over the years.  It surprised me to see that the Tigers, who have always been traditionalists when it comes to uniforms, dared stray, even for just a year.  With such a well-defined, classic home uni, I sure hope they never again make that mistake.


rob f

July 2nd, 2012 at 12:42 AM ^

I hope everyone recognizes the All-Time Tiger Greats wearing those various style road uniforms.  Eveyone here will recognize the first one (Verlander) and the double-play combo in the last shot (Trammell and Whitaker), but how many of you know player #2, from the 50's?   I'm even willing to guess that there might be an MBlogger or 2 who doesn't recognize the depicted player from the 60's in shot #3...


June 30th, 2012 at 8:34 PM ^

Did anyone else catch the photobomb by Quintin Berry of Verlander while he was being interviewed?  It may or may not have been intentional, but either way it was superlative.  Just a notch below Bosh rising from the dead in front of Lebron James during his post-game.


June 30th, 2012 at 9:03 PM ^

Those jersey bring back a lot of childhood memories of watching games on WDIV.

The Rays uniforms sort of serve as a combination of the old Padres and Braves uniforms from the late 70s / early 80s. Blech.