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150 ANNIVERSARY THROWBACK UNIFORMS

1902 UNIFORM

1902 - The Reds wore this uniform style during home games in the inaugural year of the ballpark that was christened the "Palace of the Fans." Arguably the most distinctive ballpark ever built, the Palace's architecture was inspired by the great temples of ancient Greece and Rome and in doing so, spoke to the status of baseball both in Cincinnati and around the country. Notable Reds who donned this uniform include Reds Hall of Famers Jake Beckley, Sam Crawford, Bob Ewing, Noodles Hahn, Dummy Hoy and Cy Seymour.

1911 UNIFORM

1911 Road - The 1911 season was one of several years in the first two decades of the 20th century that the Reds adopted a blue denim color scheme for its road uniforms. While the Reds limited the all-blue look to this relatively compressed time period, the club's incorporation of a blue shade into its uniform color scheme recurred frequently into the mid-1960s.

1912 UNIFORM

1912 Home - This minimalist style was chosen as the home uniform design for the 1912 season, a year most noted as the debut season of Redland Field, the new ballpark the club built on the same site as its demolished predecessor, the Palace of the Fans. Redland (renamed Crosley Field in 1934) proved to have much more staying power than the Palace, serving as the Reds' home ballpark until the middle of the 1970 season.

1919 UNIFORM

1919 Home World Series - The Reds of 1919 stand as one of the great clubs in franchise history. The team won 96 games against only 44 losses for a winning percentage of .686, the best of any Reds team since 1900. The Reds won the franchise's first National League pennant by a comfortable nine-game margin over the second place New York Giants and squared off against the White Sox in the World Series. To celebrate the Reds' first World Series appearance, the club ordered new uniforms for use in World Series play that featured a slightly altered C-Reds logo on the jersey fronts as well as a more pronounced claw shape to the "C" that appeared on cap faces. The Reds defeated the White Sox, five games to three, in the best-of-nine Series but their triumph was tainted by the discovery almost a year later that eight members of the White Sox had conspired with gamblers to lose the Series.

1935 UNIFORMS

1935 Home - On May 24, 1935, the Reds wore this uniform style when the club hosted the first night game in the history of Major League Baseball. The team's successful execution of baseball under the lights proved to be a financial windfall for the team during the Great Depression, resulting in a much-needed increase in attendance. The very plain uniform worn by the club during its home games in 1935 marked the last time the club has taken the field at home without the word "Reds" or a wishbone-C appearing on its uniforms.

1936 UNIFORMS

1936 "Palm Beach" Alternate - One of the most unique uniforms ever worn by the Reds was the style that was known as the "Palm Beach" by the uniform's manufacturer, Cincinnati-based Goldsmith & Sons. This uniform was an attempt to offer players a lighter weight alternative to the heavily flannel jerseys that were the norm at the time. The open-weave fabric construct of the Palm Beach was designed to make the uniforms more breathable during the hot Cincinnati summers. The uniqueness of the uniform was not limited to its fabric, as it also incorporated red pants for the first and only time in club history and a unique script representation of "Reds" on the jersey front. The "Palm Beach" jersey was worn sporadically as an alternate uniform from 1936 -1938 but the uniform ensemble that included the red pants was only worn during the 1936 season.

1939 UNIFORMS

1939 Home - Until the rise of the Big Red Machine in the 1970s, the Reds teams of 1939 and 1940 represented the very best teams in franchise history. The 1940 Reds successfully defended the National League pennant the club had won in 1939 and while that '39 team lost the World Series to the Yankees, the 1940 club defeated the Tigers in a dramatic seven-game Fall Classic that remains the only world championship the Reds have clinched at home. The uniforms worn by these great clubs were first introduced in 1939, the same season that all teams in baseball wore a commemorative patch that erroneously dated the game's centennial to Abner Doubleday's mythical invention of the game in Cooperstown, NY in 1839. Due in large part to the tremendous success enjoyed by the club in the first years of the uniform's use, the club continued wearing this style with only minor changes all the way through the 1954 season.

1956 UNIFORMS

1956 Road - One of the most iconic uniforms in Reds history, the one-year style worn by the 1956 Reds coincided with one of the most memorable seasons in franchise history. That season, a strong contingent of Reds hitters led by Ted Kluszewski, Wally Post, Gus Bell and rookie Frank Robinson helped the club tie the then-Major League record for home runs by a team with 221. The slugging Reds were the talk of baseball as the club's powerful bats kept the team in pennant contention into the season's final week. The vest-style uniform was a first for the Reds and its adoption was inspired in part by the bulging biceps of "Big Klu," the club's intimidating first baseman. The uniform also marked the first and only time that the club's Mr. Redlegs mascot appeared on the front of the team's jerseys.

1961 UNIFORMS

1961 Home - The Reds began the 1961 season mourning the death of longtime owner Powel Crosley, Jr. who passed away shortly before the regular season. To honor Crosley, the club added a black band to the left side of each of its jerseys. The club was sporting a new look in 1961 with a navy blue-infused "C-Reds" mark on the front of the jersey and a blue border around the "C" on the cap. The team's new uniform became the uniform of champions as the "Ragamuffin Reds" shocked the baseball world by winning the pennant. And although the team fell short against the Yankees in the World Series, the 1961 season remains one of the most unexpected and unforgettable championship seasons in Reds history.

1967 UNIFORMS

1967 Home - This one-year style uniform was the last Reds uniform to incorporate pinstripes until the club brought them back in 1993 and was also the last locally-manufactured Reds uniform as the Cincinnati-based MacGregor Company, a longtime supplier of Reds uniforms, ceased manufacture of Major League uniforms after this season. The last uniform produced by MacGregor was the first Reds uniform worn by Johnny Bench as the Hall of Fame catcher made his Major League debut wearing this uniform style on August 28, 1967 at Crosley Field.

1969 UNIFORMS

 

1969 Home - In 1969, Major League Baseball celebrated the centennial of the National Game. MLB officials identified the game's year of origin as being 1869, the year during which the Cincinnati Red Stockings fielded an all-professional team and played its entire schedule without losing a game. Virtually every club in Major League Baseball took the field with an MLB patch on its club's uniforms as part of the anniversary celebration. In Cincinnati, the Reds designed a club-specific centennial logo that was painted on the walls at Crosley Field and that appeared on commemorative merchandise items. The historic nature of the 1969 season was not limited to anniversary celebration as that year also marked on the last full season the team played its entire home schedule at Crosley Field.

1976 UNIFORMS

1976 Home - The Big Red Machine cemented its status as one of the greatest teams in the history of the game with its second consecutive World Championship. The club than was anchored by its legendary "Great Eight" starting lineup made history by becoming the first team to sweep both the playoffs and the World Series. The Reds' historic season played out against the backdrop of America's bicentennial and the centennial of the National League which had been formed in 1876. To commemorate the league's centennial, most of its member clubs wore a commemorative uniform path that featured the centennial logo.

1990 UNIFORMS

 

1990 Home - The 1990 Reds were the last of the three Reds World Championship teams to win a championship in this uniform style which had first been introduced in 1972 and that had undergone only minimal alterations since its debut. The 1990 Reds were in first place every day of the season and capped their impressive run with a sweep of the heavily-favored Oakland A's in the World Series. As that Series was being played, an alliance of military forces led by the United States was massing in the Middle East in response to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in Operation Desert Shield. To show support for the military during the Series, uniforms of both the Reds and A's were affixed with American flag patches in addition to the 1990 World Series logo patch.

1995 UNIFORMS

1995 Home - In 1993, the Reds introduced new pinstriped uniforms, abandoning the pullover, double-knit uniform style the club had worn since 1972. Two years after the new uniform was introduced, the Reds returned to the postseason for the first time since 1990. Led by National League MVP Barry Larkin, the Reds won the first Central Division championship in club history and also emerged victorious in the franchise's first Division Series, sweeping the Dodgers in three straight. The team fell short of a World Series berth, losing to the eventual World Champion Atlanta Braves in the National League Championship Series.

1999 UNIFORMS

 

1999 Home - For the first time in club history, black became a primary element of the Reds' uniform color scheme in 1999. The new look coincided with a return to contention as the team bounced back from back-to-back losing seasons to post 96 victories and force a one game, winner take all contest against the New York Mets to determine which club would earn a Wild Card playoff berth. In an electric atmosphere at sold-out Riverfront Stadium, the Mets shut out the Reds, 5-0, but the loss did little to dull the excitement of a season that was as exhilarating as it was unexpected.