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Even the Yankees change their stripes

May 03, 2012


(Editor's Note: Longtime baseball uniform expert and sports author Morris Levin has his second weekly look at MLB team jerseys.  Today, Morris focuses on perhaps the most famous uniform in all of sports, the pinstripes worn by the 27-time World Series champion New York Yankees.)

 By Morris Levin

While the New York Yankees have worn the same pinstripe jersey at home since 1936, the Yankees have made many subtle changes to their jersey through the years, while continuing to be the most conservative of clubs in considering changes.

Majestic introduced the lighter weight Cool Base fabric jerseys in 2006 as a warm weather alternative to the double-knit poly worn since the early 1970s. Majestic offers every MLB club the option of having on-field jerseys made in either standard double-knit of double-knit, or both. The Los Angeles Angels have jerseys made in both fabrics while some teams,  like the Astros, only wear Cool Base. In 2012, the Yankees remain one of only two teams which do not wear Cool Base.

The Yankees were also hold-outs during the early-1970s change-over from flannel uniforms to poly. The Pittsburgh Pirates were the first club to switch from flannel to double-knit polyester fabric uniforms in 1970. The Yankees waited until 1973 to wear polyester, and along with the Montreal Expos were the last club to make the change.

In 1981, the Yankees changed the density of pinstripes on its uniform. In his opus, the MLB Game Worn Jerseys of the Double Knit Era, Bill Henderson notes that the Yankees’ pinstripes were approximately 1¼-inches to 1 1/3-inches apart from 1973 to 1980. The Yankees changed this to a 1-inch width which increased the number of stripes on the jersey and pants.

Today’s Yankees jerseys have six button down the front placket. Through 1991, the Yankees wore seven buttons down the front, evenly spaced from top to bottom. Since 1992, the team has worn only six buttons with the top two spaced close together at the top.

Majestic and Major League Baseball added the MLB corporate logo to the rear collar of on-field jerseys in 2000. The MLB logo on the rear of the Yanks’ jersey was navy and red from 2000 through 2011. New for the 2012 season, this MLB logo is now navy and gray on the Yankees’ shirts. 

My favorite element of the Yankees’ authentic jersey is that it is the only jersey in 2012 which does not have the Majestic manufacturing label on the sleeve. Because the Yankees are the Yankees, the Yankees opt out from this obligation of MLB’s contract with Majestic, keeping the sleeves clean and corporate logo-free.

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Throwback Night: In writing about throwbacks on Monday, we neglected to mention another one of the occasions marking Fenway Park's centennial season celebration that includes throwback jerseys in select games.

The latest was Wednesday night's Red Sox 4-2 win over Oakland in which teams wore 1936 jerseys, the Athletics appearing as the Philadelphia A's in their gray uniforms, and the hometown Sox in a similar looking jersey to the longtime home model, albeit with a '36 cap and socks.

The reason for 1936?  It was the year that the teams made a trade in which Hall of Famer Jimmie Foxx was sent from Boston to Philly in a deal involving four other players and $75,000.

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Authentic Store Buzz: As we wrote earlier in the week, Flyers women's merchandise has been flying off the shelves during the team's post-season run which continues Thursday night with game three against the Devils at 'The Rock' in downtown Newark, N.J., the series deadlocked 1-1. 

There will be plenty of stock on hand in time for Saturday's Cinco de Mayo street festival which will be happening right outside the PLA store on 13th Street, so plenty of reasons to come by the area for fun and shopping. 

One prominent item that will be featured for Flyer fans are three new styles of Zephyr Flyers caps, and for throwback fans, how about hats from these long-gone leagues?  WHA, NAHL, and the USFL!  If you don't remember what the acronyms stand for, just click the links.

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Coming Up: One week from tonight, the second installment of PLA's "Jerseys as Art" series at the aforementioned Center City Philadelphia store location which is located on 13th Street between Walnut and Sansom (137 S. 13th Street).  

Former Mitchell & Ness president and throwback uniform expert Peter Capolino will discuss and exhibit jerseys going back decades to the all-flannel era.  

Philadelphia baseball stadium architect Rich Villa will detail a stadium project that's full of rich, baseball jersey history, and there will be a collector's look and presentation of virtually all of the commemorative jersey patches ever worn by the 30 major league clubs.

The event begins at 6:00 pm, with refreshments provided and in-store discounts on all authentic MLB products.  

We hope to you see you there, but if you can't make it we plan to tape the event to be available online.

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Size Charts

Select your brand and style to read more about how your purchase will fit:

American Needle fitted hats | '47 Brand hats | '47 Brand apparel | Majestic apparel | Majestic jerseys | Red Jacket apparel | Junk Food apparel | Next Level apparel (Shibe Originals)

Use these tips as a general guide when finding your measurements:

 

American Needle Fitted Hats

If you do not know your size, first determine where on your head you want to wear your hat. Usually it is worn about a half-inch to an inch above the eyebrows and/or just above the ears. Have a friend hold the tape measure (cloth, plastic, or download a printable version here) at the point where you want the hat to rest on your head.  Insert the tip of your little finger between the tape and your head.  Record the measurement and find your Fitted Hat size using the chart below.  This should provide you with a comfortable fit.

 

'47 Brand Hats

 

47 Brand Adjustable Hats Size Chart Size Hat Size Circumference (cm)
Adjustable Hats Men's 6 7/8 - 7 5/8 55 - 61
Women's 6 5/8 - 7 1/4 53 - 58
Youth 6 5/8 - 7 1/8 53 - 57

 

47 Brand Fitted Hats Size Chart Size Hat Size Circumference (cm)
Fitted Hats XX Small 6 1/2 - 6 5/8 52 - 53
X Small 6 3/4 54
Small 6 7/8 - 7 55 - 56
Medium 7 - 7 1/8 56 - 57
Large 7 1/4 58
X Large 7 3/8 - 7 5/8 59 - 61
XX Large 7 5/8 - 7 3/4 61 - 62
XXX Large 7 7/8 63
XXXX Large 8 64
XXXXX Large 8 1/8 65

 

47 Brand Stretch Fit Hats Size Chart Size Hat Size Circumference (cm)
Stretch Fit Fitted Hats Youth 6 1/2 - 6 5/8 52 - 53
Small / Medium 6 7/8 - 7 55 - 56
Medium / Large 7 1/8 - 7 3/8 57 - 59
Large / X Large 7 1/2 - 7 5/8 60 - 61
One Size Fits All 7 - 7 1/2 56 - 60

 

47 Brand Knit Hats Size Chart Hat Size Circumference (cm)
Knit Hats Youth 6 1/2 - 6 3/4 52 - 54
One Size Fits All 6 7/8 - 7 1/2 55 - 60

 

'47 Brand Apparel

 

 
47 Brand Men's Size Chart S M L XL XXL
Neck 14"-14.5" 15"-15.5" 16"-16.5" 17"-17.5" 18"-18.5"
Shoulder 21" 22" 23" 24" 25"
Chest 36"-38" 39"-41" 42"-44" 45"-47" 48"-50"
Waist 28"-30" 31"-33" 34"-36" 37"-39" 40"-42"

 

47 Brand Women's Size Chart S M L XL
Size 2-4 6-8 8-10 10-12
Shoulder 14.25" 15.25" 16.25" 17.25"
Bust 32"-34" 35"-36" 37"-38" 39"-42"
Waist 26"-27" 28"-29" 30"-31" 32"-33"

 

 

Majestic apparel

Men's Sizing (measurements in inches)
  S M L XL XXL 3XL 4XL
Chest 34-36 38-40 42-44 46-48 52-52 54-56 58-60
Waist 28-30 32-34 36-38 40-42 44-46 48-50 52-54
Hip 34-36 38-40 42-44 46-48 50-52 54-56 58-60
Sleeve 32-33 33-34 34-35 35-36 36-36 1/2 36 1/2-37 37-37 1/2
Neck 14-14 1/2 15-15 1/2 16-16 1/2 17-17 1/2 18-18 1/2 19-19 1/2 20-20 1/2

 

Women's Sizing (measurements in inches)
  XS S M L XL 1X 2X
Size 0-2 4-6 8-10 12-14 16-18 16W-18W 20W-22W
Chest 32-33 34-35 36-37 38-40 41 1/2-43 1/2 43-45 47-49
Waist 24-25 26-27 28-29 30-32 33 1/2-35 1/2 36-38 39-41
Hip 34 1/2-35 1/2 36 1/2-37 1/2 38 1/2-39 1/2 40 1/2-42 1/2 44-46 46-48 49-51
Sleeve 29 1/4 30 30 3/4 31 1/2 32 32 1/2 33

 

Youth Sizing (measurements in inches)
  S M L XL XXL 3XL
Size 6-8 10-12 14-16 18-20 20 22
Chest 24-26 28-30 32-34 36-38    
Waist 21-23 25-27 29-31 33-35 37-39 40-42

 

 

 

Majestic Jerseys

Adult Men's Replica Jersey Sizing  
Jersey Size Small Medium Large X Large XX Large
Neck (diameter of neck) 6.5 6.75 7 7.25 7.5
Chest (underarm to underarm) 20 1/2 22 1/2 24 1/2 26 1/2 28 1/2
Sleeve (back of inside neck to end of middle sleeve) 8 1/2 8 3/4 9 9 1/4 9 1/2

 

Apparel Sizing Tips:

Use these tips as a general guide when finding your measurements:

Chest/Bust: With your arms at your sides, measure around the fullest part of your chest, across shoulder blades and under arms.

Waist: To measure your natural waistline, wrap the tape so it intersects your navel. Keep tape flat, but comfortably loose.

Hips: Stand with your heels together and measure the fullest part of your hips. Make sure the measuring tape is level all the way around your body.

Inseam: Stand up straight, and start the tape measure high in your crotch. Straighten the tape down the inside of your leg to the bottom of your ankle.

 

 

Red Jacket apparel

 

 

Junk Food apparel

 

Next Level apparel (Shibe Originals)

General Size Neck
(in inches)
Chest
(in inches)
Waist
(in inches)
Arm
(in inches)
Small 14-14.5 34-36 28-30 31.5-32
Medium 15-15.5 38-40 32-34 32.5-33
Large 16-16.5 42-44 36-38 33.5-34
X-Large 17-17.5 46-48 40-42 34.5-35
XX-Large 18 – 18.5 50-52 44-46 35.5-36