The coolest part about tonight’s Civil Rights Game, to me, is going to be the throwback uniforms from 1947. I’m a sucker for the throwback stuff. In today’s Enquirer, John Erardi has looked back at 1947:

Seats in the Sun Deck were 65 cents.

Box seats were $2.20.

A Coca Cola was 10 cents.

An ice-cold Hudepohl beer was 25 cents.

Ewell Blackwell, the Reds best pitcher (22-8, 23 complete games, 6 shutouts, 2.47 ERA) made $8,000.

Also, Reds legend Ted Kluszewski made his debut that year. Maybe Laynce Nix should wear cutoff sleeves on the bench tonight in honor of Big Klu.

FYI, there is a picture of the uniform the Reds will be wearing at the end of this insanely long post. I want one of those caps.

9 Responses

  1. Travis G.

    They don’t do nearly enough throwback stuff, IMO. The Reds have had some pretty cool uniforms over the years, and they should at least do the Big Red Machine era style at least once a year.

    I’m excited about the ’47 hats. I used to have one of those, and it was my favorite ever, but I left it on a plane and never got it back. Koch’s ran out of them in my size, and I haven’t been able to find another one like it.

  2. 18to88

    I had one of those hats in high school.

    Everyone kept asking me if it was a Bears hat.

    Freaking Indianapolis.

  3. Steve

    I’m headed down to GABP for the Civil Rights Game tonight. It could end up being a great pitchers duel if Mike Leake continues to pitch the way he has. It’s a big stage for him since the game is nationally televised. Other than his first game jitters (and tiny strike zone) nothing has seemed to bother him. Let’s hope he keeps it up. I’ll be in section 120 by the visitors’ on deck circle. Go Reds!

  4. Y-City Jim

    I’m all for Nix cutting off the sleeves as a salute for Big Klu. 😀

  5. Steve

    I think cutting off the sleeves, while a great idea, violates the MLB policy of uniformity in uniforms. I remember back when Deon Sanders played for the Reds, he tore off the sleeves of his grey jersey to show off the black long-sleeve underjersey. MLB said that he couldn’t do that, but the Reds decided they would all do it and that lead to a particular Reds uniform that they kept for a long time. I could be misremembering all of this, though.

  6. World

    The World watching the Yankees in NYC and thinking about Reds’ baseball. Why is that?

    If I could figure out how to add a picture to my posts, I could send y’all out there some good shots from my private collection of Reds’ photos. I have a ton of Joe Nuxhall shots including one that I won’t share which involved Joe and a few Reds dropping trousers on me when I fell asleep in a chair in the locker room while Joe was telling a story. But that aside, I’d love to maybe send “World’s Shot of the Day” or something like to the Nation to allow some of you true Queen City partisans to see what I’ve been so lucky to take for granted for twenty years.

    Anyway, if someone could maybe clue me in on how to include a picture, I’ll start with a shot from a dinner Joe and I had together on a boat that Old Man Castellini chartered in Sarasota in 2007. And there’a always a good story to go along with it.

    The Reds are looking better. I’ll be watching tonight and eschewing the bright lights of Broadway and all that. Why is that?

  7. pinson343

    I remember the 1947 cap, blue with the red C. A great cap.

    I lost a Reds cap in about 1956, it was traumatic (I was 5).

  8. Chris Garber

    No offense to Erardi, but I would think the occasion of a Civil Rights Game may inspire a different list of 1947-now comparisons.