The White Sox aren’t just posting on social media about Throwback Thursday (#TBT). They’re living it as well.
Thursday night’s game against the Seattle Mariners on CSN will feature the South Siders wearing the franchise’s uniforms from 1976, one of baseball’s more unusual outfits.
Not only did the jerseys have collars, but the team played in shorts as well.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura joked before the game that he would have his guys wear the shorts during batting practice but later admitted he has no idea how the White Sox used to play in those outfits.
“I’ve always heard they’re the most comfortable uniform anybody has ever worn,” Ventura said.
"Just sliding in those and figuring out what fields probably felt like back then to slide on was a whole other issue. But I can’t believe they did that."
Tyler Saladino, who has never had a problem with getting his uniform dirty, is impressed with how players didn’t mind the nicks and scrapes that came with wearing shorts during a baseball game.
“If I was in some shorts, I’d feel extra loose," he said. "I’m the guy that would probably want to roll around in the dirt and get scraped up. I love it.
"I might just leave it on after the game. Just go out and grab a bite to eat."
For reliever Nate Jones, these uniforms seem as if they were worn long before 1976.
“When you’re thinking old school baseball, you don’t envision collard shirts and stuff like that,” Jones said. “It does seem a little bit older.”
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The White Sox wore these collared uniforms from 1976 to 1981. For fans, it brings back good memories of the “South Side Hitmen” from 1977, who crushed 192 home runs that year.
Ventura hopes these “business casual” uniforms can rub some magic on his team tonight.
“Hopefully we can channel a little South Side Hitmen and score some runs,” Ventura said.
Baines didn't play on the 1976 Sox. He was drafted in '77. But he did wear the pajamas for a couple seasons. pic.twitter.com/YV5gYqGC2v
— Chuck Garfien (@ChuckGarfien) August 27, 2015