Posted on June 24th, by HeatherZeller in BLOG.


Sports teams resort to throwback uniforms every so often, to commemorate special occasions or pay homage to the history of a franchise. Throwback threads are styled to resemble the apparel from the team’s past and have proven to be poplar among players and fans. The Tampa Bay Rays are the latest to introduce retro on-field fashions, providing a unique spin on the throwback concept. When the Rays take on the Detroit Tigers on Saturday, June 30 at 7:15 p.m., they’ll hit the field in a “hypothetical uniform from 1979.”

The Rays did not enter Major League Baseball until 1998 causing many to dub the gear as “faux back.” It’s all part of the tenth “Turn Back the Clock” game in Rays history. This year’s 70’s theme has sparked the vintage-inspired uniforms. Despite the team’s lack of existence in 1979, the duds do capture the styling of the era. The Ray’s gear will feature navy blue and sky blue hues and a yellow sunburst graphic within the Tamp Bay Rays logo and on the cap. The team describes the uniforms as “Fully embracing the style of the era while keeping the Rays modern colors. A patch on the left sleeve of the jersey features a City of St. Petersburg seal that was used in 1979.”

During the game, the Tigers will also resort to retros, wearing uniforms based on their actual 1979 road gray jersey. The Rays retro jerseys will be auctioned off on raysbaseball.com following the game with proceeds benefitting the Moffitt Cancer Center and the Rays Baseball Foundation. Check them out below, as modeled by Rays coach Joe Maddon:

(photo courtesy of cbssports.com)

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