Classic Threads: Seattle Mariners

The Trident Days: 1977-1986

Associated Press

Associated Press

Playing up to their sea-worthy name, the idea of pointed fonts in relation to the points of a trident became the them of the Mariners first uniforms. Looking at the fork part of a trident, it’s easy to see the “M” for Mariners.

On the home whites, “Mariners” with the trident “M” was the mainstay on the v-neck in a blue with yellow trim. The players number was done in the same color scheme. There were three different variations of the home white. From 1977  and 1978, the white top was plain with no embellishments. The back had blue letters and blue with yellow trim numbers on the back. In 1979 and 1980, the team added the trident “M” and white star patch. From 1981 to 1986, the sleeve patch was scrapped and a blue and yellow stripe was added.

The road jerseys went through many variations ranging from a powder blue to gray. The 1977 road blue featured white trim around the “Seattle” script. It was replaced by yellow trim from 1978 to 1980. Much like the home jerseys, they had a similar color scheme on the back. The blue and yellow stripes were added the same time as the home jerseys, but by 1985, the front script went to “Mariners” and powder blue became gray.

There were two different hats worn during this period. From 1977 to 1980, it was the simple trident “M”. In 1981 they put the “M” over a white star (as seen as the sleeve patch in 1979-1980).

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