Reds Wore Full-Length Ponchos in ’72 World Series

The first baseball season that I adopted from begin to end was once 1972, when I used to be 8 years previous. I keep in mind looking at the American and National League playoffs after the common season’s conclusion, and I particularly keep in mind the World Series between the A’s and Reds (which featured what became out to be Jackie Robinson’s ultimate public look previous to Game Two).

What I don’t keep in mind, on the other hand, are the full-length ponchos that no less than two Cincy gamers have been dressed in in the dugout right through Game Six in Cincinnati. Reader Tristan Ridgeway noticed them whilst looking at this spotlight video (they seem at more or less the 31:08 mark).

In truth, I don’t recall ever seeing MLBers dressed in this kind of garment. I do recall seeing a couple of pictures of gamers dressed in lengthy overcoat-like jackets right through chilly climate — I feel the examples I’ve observed all display gamers dressed in them in the bullpen — however those Reds ponchos appear extra like rain slickers, very similar to NFL sideline capes. At least considered one of them even had a hood!

I did some poking round on-line to peer if I may just discover a antique instance — no cube. So I requested a host of baseball historians and folks hooked up to Cincinnati (together with our personal “Collector’s Corner” columnist Brinke Guthrie, who stated he in truth attended that World Series recreation as a child!), all of whom stated they’d by no means observed the rest slightly just like the Reds’ ponchos. But probably the most folks I queried, Baseball Hall of Fame curator Tom Shieber, forwarded my inquiry to Chris Eckes, curator of the Reds Hall of Fame. He replied thusly:

The Reds undoubtedly wore the kind of coats or parkas that Paul recollects seeing different groups put on [in the bullpen]. There have been no less than two other kinds, each made by way of Wilson: one with the script “Cincinnati” that’s proven in the 1972 World Series display screen photographs, and any other that had arched block lettering very similar to the glance of a post-1971 street uniform. We have examples of each kinds in our assortment.

These are quilted however no longer closely, which leads me to imagine that the coats/parkas observed in the World Series photographs are of the similar taste/assemble because the examples we’ve. I don’t recall ever seeing one who was once no longer quilted.

Eckes supplied the next pictures of the pieces from the Reds Hall’s assortment:

Note that neither of those had a hood. In truth, Eckes advised me he’s by no means observed one with a hood. So perhaps what I believed was once a hood in 1972 World Series video was once in truth the again of the collar. Here’s a comparability — World Series “hood” at the left, again collar of Reds Hall parka at the proper:

Hmmmm, perhaps the “hood” was once in truth simply the collar. So if the Reds gamers have been in truth dressed in full-length parkas, versus rain slickers/ponchos, right through that World Series recreation, it will be the first time I’ve ever observed this sort of garment being worn in the dugout as an alternative of the bullpen.

In any case: a laugh rabbit hollow! And additionally a excellent reminder that we’re drawing near the beginning of this 12 months’s MLB playoffs and World Series.

(Big because of Tristan Ridgeway for bringing the 1972 photos to my consideration, and likewise to Tom Shieber and Chris Eckes for his or her priceless help with this publish.)

It All Depends on How You Look at It

At the top of the day past’s publish in regards to the Brewers’ house plate house, I discussed that additionally they use a “dead-center” attitude for his or her centerfield digital camera shot, which I to find somewhat jarring as it’s no longer what I’m used to seeing.

That caused a remark from reader Ryne Jungling, who pointed me towards the video proven above. It analyzes how our belief of quite a lot of sorts of pitches (slider, change-up, cutter, and many others.) is vastly suffering from the centerfield digital camera orientation. Faaaascinating stuff, and extremely really useful. Thanks, Ryne!

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Reds Wore Full-Length Ponchos in ’72 World Series

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