Yankees to wear 1912 throwbacks for Fenway Park’s 100th anniversary

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Yankee reserves over the years: A graphical look
(Photo via Baseball Hall of Fame)

The Yankees play in one of the newest ballparks in baseball, but next year they’re going to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the oldest. They’ll be in Boston to play the Red Sox when Fenway Park turns 100 years old on April 20th, a century after they were in town when the place opened in 1912. Well, technically the New York Highlanders were there in 1912, since they didn’t become the Yankees until 1913.

The Sox will have all sorts of pre-game ceremonies to honor the place before the game, and the impossible to read Fenway Park 100th Anniversary Events site says that both clubs will wear 1912 throwback uniforms during the game. Reports earlier this month indicated that the Yankees had not yet agreed to wearing their old uniforms, but apparently the people at Fenway got the a-okay recently. A second throwback game between the Red Sox and Athletics is still tentative according to the Fenway site. The Yankees have not yet confirmed that they will be wearing the 1912 jerseys during the game, just to be clear.

Aside from various patches and whatnot, the Yankees have been using their current road jerseys since 1918* and their current home uniforms since 1936. The uniform above is the 1912 Highlanders’ outfit they’ll apparently wear during the game in Fenway Park, a rather  generic uniform aside from the multi-colored socks. You can see the accompanying home uniform at the Baseball Hall of Fame’s site.

I do like that the Yankees have been using their uniforms for a baseball eternity, but the throwback idea is also pretty neat. What fun is having such a rich history if you can’t go back and re-live it from time to time? Plus you know the team will make money off this, those hats and jerseys will be up for sale before you know it. Like I said, the Yankees have not yet confirmed any of this, but I hope it’s true. I’m looking forward to seeing Mariano Rivera finish off the Red Sox 2012-style in 1912 uniforms.

* From 1927-1930, the uniform actually said YANKEES instead of NEW YORK across the chest.

Open Thread: Juan Espino
Yankee reserves over the years: A graphical look
  • ahinds

    this is great, i’ve been getting soo jealous of other teams, the rangers look really cool in those washington senators gear back in the a-rod years.

    cant wait to see c.c., obviously because he’s fat as hell and the throwback will look super cool on a fat dude and he’s all black and shit and would not have been allowed to even be a major leaguer in 1912, thats gotta mean something right,

    i hope the witesox do an 80’s or 70’s thing so we can see them play in those awful shorts

    • Peter


      • ahinds

        was that offensive or you dont like the throwbacks

        • Chad Gaudin the Friendly Ghost

          Saying a guy is ‘all black and shit’ is slightly more offensive than the Manson job you did on the English language in that post.

          • Plank

            Why is it offensive to say CC is black? He is black.

            I also find the grammar offensive.

            • mike oxaflopin

              “it’s not an insult to say a dead man is dead”

            • rollie fingers

              CC is black?! Why is saying CC black offensive? saying he’s white would be offensive. Ahinds brings up a good point as there were no ‘non-white’ players back then (i hope i didn’t offend you chad, i didn’t want to say black). and you don’t mention about ahinds calling him fat, which he is also. so he’s fat and black, aka FACK and calling out grammar and spelling errors, yeah, that’s a real bold move. i’m sure your auto-correct and grammar is perfect and everybody compliments you on it.. doosh.

    • Comfortably Numb

      Wait, CC’s black?

  • JCK

    I kind of like that the Yankees are one of the few teams that haven’t succumbed to the “We’re wearing a special jersey every 5th game” crap that other teams have done the past few years. But I guess Fenway doesn’t turn 100 very often, so exceptions can be made…

    • MannyGeee

      this… its only special if you keep it special. oversaturation of ‘special edition’ stuff is a horrible trendand I hope it stops.

      unless my wife is reading this, in which case every ‘mouth-hug’ is special, so please for the love of god don’t stop those.

      • thurdonpaul

        im lmao with the comment about your wife an mouth hugs, thank you, i needed a laugh :)

  • Will (the other one)

    This is pretty cool, and I’m really looking forward to it. And yeah, I’ll almost definitely be one of those suckers that has to go out and buy a hat as soon as it’s available.

    As a side note: any chance these will be made out of wool and felt like the originals? Or, better yet, cotton? It’s a natural fiber–very comfortable.

  • Steve (different one)

    On a similar note, the red sox starting pitchers will be wearing special 2011 commemorative hats designed by Buckethead….

    • Jumpin’ Jack Swisher

      I don’t even understand why, but +1

  • JohnnyC

    100 years. That’s impressive. Too bad David Wells never did get around to blowing up the place as he promised.

  • steve s

    The ultimate irony is that the 1912 Red Sox had the greatest record and winning percentage in their history (105-47) and the 1912 Yanks/Highlanders had the worst record and lowest winning percentage in Yankee history (record was 50-102; a whopping 55 games behind the Red Sox). Not only are the Yanks right in being hesitant to join in this “celebration” they should have really told the Red Sox to stick it; there’s nothing about 1912 the Yanks should be celebrating. As an historic aside that week in 1912 was the same week the Titantic hit the iceberg. Pretty lousy week in history to be celebrating.

    • Steve (different one)

      They aren’t celebrating one week or even one season in history. They are celebrating 100 years of history. Looping in the Titanic to this discussion is kindof bizarre, IMO.

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    With everyone on the “this is cool” sentiment. I’m a sucker for the nostalgic.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    If the players have numbers on their backs it will not be a true throwback.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      I think the league mandates uniform numbers now, though they could make an exception. I’m sure the Yankees will want them on the unis anyway, why sell one catch-all jersey when you can make people buy #2, #42, #52, #24, etc. jerseys separately?

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        They should make the numbers in a real futuristic-looking font just to screw things up.

        • MannyGeee

          no… follow me here.

          they should make it ‘ultra thorw back’ and put ROMAN NUMERALS’ on the back!!!!

          “now batting for the Highlanders, number XXIV, Robinson Cano…”

          • Andy In Sunny Daytona

            I like it. Great idea.

    • Will (the other one)

      My vote is for pinned-on sticky notes with handwritten numbers on them.

  • Yo! I’m Chris

    Total crap.

  • Andy In Sunny Daytona

    All the male fans should be forced to wear those straw skimmer hats or news boy caps, and the women should not be allowed to vote.

    • Plank

      Ah, the good old days.

    • thurdonpaul

      Since when can women vote ? just kidding ladies :)

  • Cam

    I know the Yanks uniforms haven’t changed much, but I’ve been waiting for them to do a throwback thing for a while. I’d love to see them in the 20’s Ruth/Gherig style uniforms or the 60’s Maris/Mantle style with the short cut off sleeves. Glad they agreed to this!

  • Jumpin’ Jack Swisher

    Maybe the Yankees can buy Jon Lester for peanuts on the dollar as well.

  • gouchonyy

    I think that the Yankees wore throwbacks of a sort at Detroit in 1996 (NY Black Yankees) to honor the Negro Leagues.

  • RetroRob

    I’m a Yankee fan, so part of me doesn’t want the Yankees to help the Red Sox, yet I’m also a baseball fan, so the Yankees should totally participate, so I’m all for it.

    Yet they really should go in full on this. The game should be billed as the New York Highlanders vs. the Boston Red Sox.

  • munson78

    I always thought a Highlander was immortal. Being a Yankee fan proves I was right!

  • Munser

    I can’t wait to see AJ in the throwback uniform. He’s white and not fat. Maybe this will help his pitching.

  • MattNC

    The team was already commonly called the “Yankees” by 1907. Check the NYT articles in the archive. It’s almost all “Yankees” throughout 1907. As the actual team name was “The American League Base Ball Club of New York” on the stock certificates and legal documents all the way through the 1940s, it’s safe to say that the team “became the Yankees” by 1907.

  • http://jukeofurl.wordpress.com Juke Early

    That NY Black Yankees throwback they wore @ Detroit in 1996 is a great looking uni. It has Yankees in a fine old time font & numeral on back. They should use it more often as a tribute — it is an excellent uniform.

  • dabraat

    Those uniforms might be better fitting and will probably be warmer for a lot of the Yankees’ senior citizens. I heard that Old Timers Day may feature active players this year. That is, if they are not on IR.

  • Kathy Cook

    I think that this is a great idea. I sure hope the Yankees agree.

  • John Marino

    I love it! its much better than wearing those stupid Red Hats on July 4th! thats a Joke! They shouldve done some of this during the last year of Yankee Stadium to honor the Great teams of the Past. I also like how were able to schedule Yankees there when they neded to be there Historically. They NEVER do that for the Yankees. 1976 they had the Twins re open the new yankee Stadium. They also had the Orioles close the old Stadium and not even on the last day of the season. The league seems to only be romantic for the Yankees when they can use them to help another teams attendance!

  • rollie fingers

    Hmmm, the only cool thing besides selling us Babe Ruth is that their stadium’s born day was on 4/20!!!

  • Matt

    “the Yankees have been using their current road jerseys since 1918*”

    Don’t forget about the white trim that they added in the 1970s. It’s been there ever since.

  • Biff Pocoroba

    Technically, they’ve worn the same road jersey only since 1973. That was the year they added the blue/white trim to the sleeves and the white outline around the letters and numbers, as well as a number font change to the one you see today.

    Personally I’d love for them to tweak it to the pre-1973 road uni, get rid of the sleeve trim and white outlines, return to the old number font and maybe add a yankee patch on the sleeve.