Hecken: A’s and Angels throw back to 1969

From Phil Hecken at Uni Watch on July 29, 2013:

On a beautiful Saturday summer afternoon in Oakland, the Athletics and Angels turned the clock back to 1969, and played a game for the uniform ages. Clad in gold and kelly, the A’s were clearly the stars of their own show.

Before we go any further, I wanted to share the fantastic photos sent to Uni Watch by Brad Mangin, which are embedded below. If you want to view the slideshow full size, please click here.

Now then.

What a beautiful looking game this was (at least from the Oakland perspective), and unlike many throwback games from this year and years past, I have few complaints, and those complaints are less from the uniform accuracy department than from the “player comfort” department.

First, lets begin with the good (and there was plenty of it). The details of the uniform of the Oakland A’s were pretty much spot on. At first, I thought they might have goofed on the gold sanitaries, if you go by Marc Okkonen (who shows white sanis with the gold uniforms), but that was clearly not the case, as seen in that 1969 Sports Illustrated cover of Reggie Jackson. The A’s had worn that set for several years, including in Kansas City, and through 1971. In 1972, they’d switch over to the polyester double-knits with sansabelts.

Read the full article here: http://www.uni-watch.com/2013/07/29/as-angels-throwback-to-1969/

Originally published: July 29, 2013. Last Updated: July 29, 2013.