Yankees to wear throwback Highlanders uniforms on Friday
To help the Red Sox celebrate the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park (not sure why we are helping them with anything), the Yankees will be wearing their road Uniforms from 1912. The team was still officially the Highlanders in 1912, although the nickname Yankees had begun to be used by the press and fans, and would become official the following year. The new/old threads will be gray jerseys with the inter-locking NY on the left chest, gray pants and blue stirrups with red stripes. The cap will also be gray with a blue bill and the NY on the front. If the NY looks a little different it is because it is the original look, which was designed by Tiffany & Co to be on the NYPD Medal of Honor issued to the first NYC police officer shot in the line of duty. The Yankees adopted the insignia as their logo in 1909, and it evolved into its current look around 1936, when the Yankees started wearing the uniforms they wear today.
Here is a drawing of the 1912 Highlanders Uniforms from Dressed To The Nines:
And here is a picture posted by Andrew Marchand from ESPN New York:
Finally, here is a video from last nights YES Network broadcast in which Michael Kay shows off the new duds.
This is the first time in their history the Yankees have worn an alternate or throwback uniform. No word yet if the uniforms will be available for purchase, however there has been a similar cap available at the MLB shop for some time.
I like the look and although I enjoy and appreciate the Yankees tradition, I am excited to see the throwbacks. Prior to their current uniforms being adopted in 1936, they had some pretty cool uniform combinations that would look good as throwbacks. Hopefully we will see some more in the future.