(Editor's Note: Longtime baseball
uniform expert and author Morris Levin writes weekly for Authentically
By Morris Levin
This is Phillies right-fielder Hunter Pence posing on the cover of April’s issue
of Philadelphia Magazine. He is
wearing the Phillies’ 1900 road jersey. Across the front in san-serif lettering
is PHILA. which is the closest the team has come to displaying the city name
across the front of one of its jerseys.
The Phillies are the only Major League team not
to have worn its city or state name across the front of its jerseys. Ever. In
2012 alone, only the Phils, Angels, and Cardinals do not wear at least one
official uniform with a municipality across the fornt. The Marlins even wear
‘Miami’ at home, and likewise the Rangers wear Texas on their whites.
The Angels wore their city name, Anaheim, across
the front of their road jerseys before returning to the Los Angeles Angels
recently. The Cardinal’s wore St. Louis across the front as recently as 1932 –
contemporary by Phillies’ tradition.
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