Classic Threads: Philadelphia Phillies

Double Knits and the Phanatic: 1970-1991

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John Iacono / Getty Images

A true creation of the 1970s, these uniforms have to be the most memorable for modern baseball fans today. These are some of my favorite uniforms.

The home white with red pinstripes remain a constant for the Phillies. The front has the new baseball “P” logo on the left and the player number in red with white outline on the right. The back of the jersey has the name and number in red, but the number has a white outline. But along the way there were many differences.

From 1970 to around 1973, the jerseys were button downs and there we no player names on the back.

By the 1974 season to 1988, the jerseys were zipper front and the last name was added on a white nameplate.

From 1987 to 1991, the zipper jerseys were phased out and the tops went back to button-down jerseys.

The road uniforms took the same layout and design as the home uniforms. Much like the home uniforms there were many variations. But both had the red and white piping up the sides and sleeves.

From 1970 to 1971 the road uniforms were gray and were button downs with no last name on the back.

From 1972 to 1988, the uniforms went to a slightly darker than powder blue hue. They were a mix of zipper and button-down jerseys. The last names were eventually added.

By 1989 the team went back to gray button downs for the rest of the era.

For the 1979 season, the team also wore an all red with white side striped jerseys. When I mean all red, I also mean with red pants.

It goes without saying the greatest thing introduced by this team during the era was the Phillie Phanatic.

The team hat was the iconic red with baseball “P” logo in white. A great hat. For a brief run the team had a pillbox version worn only for the 1976 season. Unusual but I like it.


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