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Turn Back the Clock

Turn Back the Clock

The Mariners have taken part in many Turn Back the Clock games, both home and away, and have even gone the other direction, hosting the first Turn Ahead the Clock Night.  This page chronicles all of the games and compares the uniforms worn to the original era.  Obivously, some things will look different from the originals, such as different materials and the cut of uniforms.  Information for some of the earlier games is hard to come by, so if you can help in any way, please let me know.

I know there may be a few games for which I am missing information, but the following games featured retro uniforms.  Click on the link or scroll down for more information.

5/22/1993 Mariners at Royals (1977)
6/11/1994 A's at Mariners (Oakland Oaks at Seattle Rainiers)
9/9/1995 - Royals at Mariners (1946 Kansas City Monarchs at 1946 Seattle Steelheads)
7/31/1996 - Mariners at Brewers (Seattle Rainiers at Milwaukee Braves)
7/19/1997 - Royals at Mariners (1977)
7/18/1998 - Royals at Mariners (Turn Ahead the Clock Night)
7/24/1999 - Mariners at Twins (Turn Ahead the Clock Night)
6/25/2005 - Mariners at Padres (1938 Seattle Rainiers at 1936 San Diego Padres)
7/9/2006 - Tigers at Mariners/Pilots (1969 for both teams)
7/29/2007 - A's at Mariners (1977 for both teams)
6/27/2008 - Mariners at Padres (1978 for both teams)
7/19/2008 - Indians at Mariners (1989 for both teams)
5/2/2009 - A's at Mariners (1939 Oakland Oaks at 1939 Seattle Rainiers)
6/5/2010 - California Angels at Mariners (1995 for both teams)
6/25/2010 - Mariners at Brewers (1982 for both teams)
7/1/2011 - Padres at Mariners (1984 for both teams)

5/22/1993 Mariners at Royals (1977)

This jersey, with a tag dated 5-22-93 is the only evidence I have from this game.  There may have been another game in these uniforms on May 21, with the Royals wearing their 1969 uniforms both games.

 

6/11/1994 - A's at Mariners (Oakland Oaks at Seattle Rainiers)

Unfortunately, I have not been able to find any photos or more information about this game.

9/9/1995 - Royals at Mariners (1946 Kansas City Monarchs at 1946 Seattle Steelheads)

I only have a promotional picture and no game footage, so more research is needed here.  The game was part of the 75th anniversary celebration of the Negro Leagues, with both teams honoring Negro Leagues teams from their respective cities.

 

1945 Monarchs - I couldn't find any pictures specifically from the 1946 season, but these appear to be close to the originals that they were based on

 

7/31/1996 - Mariners at Brewers (1946 Seattle Rainiers at 1946 Milwaukee Brewers)

This game was a tribute to minor league teams, as the Mariners played as the Rainiers of the Pacific Coast League, and the Brewers played as the old American Association team.  I am not certain of the date, but the uniforms were likely modeled around the 1946 versions.  Minor league photos from the time are quite difficult to find.  The old look proved successful for the Mariners, as they hit 7 home runs, including 2 each from Griffey, Buhner, and Rodriguez.

The uniforms were made as a joint effort by Mitchell & Ness and Ebbets Field Flannels.  They Rainiers jerseys originally came with sleeves, but Ken Griffey, Jr. wanted to have a sleeveless look, so he personally took a pair of scissors and cut off the sleeves before the game.  If you look closely at the game footage, the vests look rough around the edges, the result of a less-than-perfect cutting job.  After the game, M&N made a few more versions for retail sale with properly trimmed vests, as seen in the autograhped jersey below.

(Special thanks to Morris Levin for the above info)

The caps had a simple letter "R," which I haven't ever seen worn by the original Rainiers.  The logo was also used on the helmets for this game, though helmets were not worn back then.

The original?

In my limited footage, this is the only look at the Brewers jerseys.  They were very similar to those of the Boston Braves, who coincidentally would move to Milwaukee a few years later.

 The original?

7/19/1997 - Royals at Mariners (1977)

More information needed about this game.

7/18/1998 - Royals at Mariners (Turn Ahead the Clock Night)

Many teams had used Turn Back the Clock Nights before, wearing the uniforms from years ago.  But the Mariners came up with a new idea to look to the future instead, holding the first ever Turn Ahead the Clock Night on July 18, 1998 against the Royals.  They envisioned what the team would look like in the year 2027, the 50th anniversary of the Mariners.  From shiny silver helmets, to caps worn backwards, it was certainly unlike anthing ever seen in a major league game.  The following season, MLB liked the idea so much, they held similar games for almost all teams.

For more information about the promotion and several more photos, click here .

 

7/24/1999 - Mariners at Twins (Turn Ahead the Clock Night)

The Mariners were happy to carry on the "tradition" they created the year before.  This time around, Century 21 sponsored all such games, and the supposed year was 2021.  The design was a bit different from last year, with a different shade of red.  I think the current helmets and pants were used, but game photos are hard to find.

 

6/25/2005 - Mariners at Padres (1938 Seattle Rainiers at 1936 San Diego Padres)

Another throwback to the old Pacific Coast League days as the Seattle Rainiers took on the San Diego Padres.  I couldn't find much as far as pictures go for either team.

The original - 1936 San Diego Padres

7/9/2006 - Tigers at Mariners/Pilots (1969 for both teams)

Not much that could go wrong here, as the Tigers had pretty simples uniforms.  The caps and helmets were simply their current ones, with an orange D.  The originals had a white logo, which they could have achieved by simple wearing their current home caps.  Majestic logos were on the sleeves for both teams, which was obviously not the case in 1969.  And yes, the sleeve numbers actually were that big.

The original - 1969 Tigers

I love these uniforms.  But the Pilots are not the Mariners, they became the Milwaukee Brewers.  Aside from that, they did a pretty good job on these, Majestic logo aside.  Some players actually showed their stirrups, which looked fabulous.  The unique style of the Pilots had is hard to duplicate, and many retro styles you see available today are quite wrong.  These appeared to be pretty true to the originals, though.

The original - 1969 Pilots

7/29/2007 - A's at Mariners (1977 for both teams)

The A's had several color combinations in the '70s to choose from, and they went yellow-white for this game.  Their colors back then were much lighter than today, so it required new sets of caps and helmets.  The multi-colored stirrups were even done properly.  The Majestic logo on the sleeves, and the belt instead of a waistband are the only things I can find.  The A's coaches wore white caps in 1977, which I believe they also did for this game, but I can't find any photos to prove it.  One slight error was that the player names should have been straight across, like a football jersey, instead of the arched version the A's used here.

The original - 1977 A's

The Mariners were pretty similar to the A's as far as some minor details.  The Majestic logo and the missing waistband were apparent for both teams.  The Mariners also added and MLB logo to the caps, which was not there on the originals.  If only Jose Guillen had actually worn the wig during the game.

The original - 1977 Mariners

6/27/2008 - Mariners at Padres (1978 for both teams)

It was a good effort by the Mariners, but a few errors jumped out during this game.  The most obvious was the lack of accurate batting helmets, using the current ones instead.  I understand that helmets are expensive, and the road team might not want to carry an extra set of helmets, but if you are going to do it, why not go all out?  Also incorrect were the pants, which originally had elastic waistbands instead of the belts used here.  The Majestic logo on the sleeves and pants sticks out for both teams.  They did seem to get the number font down correctly, though.  Some teams overlook that and use a standard block font instead.

The original - 1978 Mariners

Another good effort, but not quite perfect.  Both the caps and helmets originally had much thinner yellow panels, while the ones here took up most of the fron crown.  There also should be an orange stripe around the logo and yellow panel on the caps.  At least the Padres used throwback helmets, though.  Again, waistbands should have been used instead of belts, and the stripes on the legs looked a bit thin.  Some players wear their pants high and show off stirrups for throwback days, but not so here.  And it was the white shoes as much as anything that really stood out with the originals.  I will give them credit for getting the 1978 All Star Game patch, though, plus the different number font.

The original - 1978 Padres

7/19/2008 - Indians at Mariners (1989 for both teams)

It just doesn't look right seeing the baggy pants of today with the tight uniforms of the 80's, but I enjoyed these uniforms back then, so I was pleased to see them brought back for a day.  I am not sure why the Indians had an MLB logo on the back collar while the Mariners did not (neither should have had it, as it wasn't added until 2000).  The Indians could taken an easy way out, as their current home caps are very similar to the 1989 caps.  The current ones have a smaller logo with a silver outline, and black underbills, but they actually went for true throwback caps.  The Majestic logo is almost hidden on the left sleeve, but it was not there in the originals.

The original - 1989 Indians

A long forgotten look for the Mariners, lost between the still popular trident years and the current look, this was the first time the Mariners brought back the look from 1987-1992.  They chose the year 1989 for this date, as that was Ken Griffey, Jr.'s rookie season.  Other than the modern cut of the uniforms and lack of stirrups, the Majestic logo is about the only thing I can complain about.  Ichiro even wore a special undershirt with the 80's logo on the collar.  Overall an excellent job here.

The original - 1989 Mariners

5/2/2009 - Athletics at Mariners (1939 Oakland Oaks at 1939 Seattle Rainiers)

To mark the 70th anniversary of the Pacific Coast League Championship, the Mariners held another Rainiers-themed day.  Both teams wore 1939 versions of their local minor league teams' uniforms.  Manufactured by the local Ebbet's Field Flannels, these uniforms were quite accurate to the originals, including many small details.  Of course, the white shoes for the A's looked a bit odd with the old uniforms, and the Majestic logo on the sleeve and pants stood out.  But the pants were quite unique, with the multiple colors on the belt loops and flaps on the back pockets.  The A's also could have taken an easy way out by wearing their current green helmets, but they opted to use a lighter shade of green to better match the uniforms.

The original (?) - 1939 Oakland Oaks

Perhaps the home version of that era, I could not locate a picture of the road uniforms.

The Rainiers uniforms had many similar features as the Oaks, such as the 1939 professional baseball anniversary patch and pants-pocket flaps, though without much of the unique coloring of the Oaks.

The original - 1939 Seattle Rainiers

6/5/2010 - California Angels at Mariners (1995 for both teams)

For the first time since their retirement after the 1996 season, the Mariners brought back the teal jerseys for this game, marking the 15th anniversary of the 1995 season, and their first trip to the playoffs.  Surprisingly, the Angels participated as well, despite being the team (then known as the California Angels) that lost a huge division lead late in the season.  Both teams had fairly accurate representations of the originals, using proper helmets and caps with gray underbills.  The originals were made by Russell, though, and the Majestic logo was on both teams' sleeves.  The Angels went a step beyond and had their 35th anniversary patch on the right sleeve.  The Mariners wore a Negro League 75th anniversary patch in 1995, but it was absent on the throwbacks.

The original - 1995 California Angels

Teal-brimmed caps and helmets were also brought back for this game.  In 1995, the jerseys were often paired with a teal cap and navy brim, but that cap has yet to be revived.  Seeing the bright colors outside on a sunny day was a nice contrast to the Kingdome days.  The response of the players was so positive, the team decided to bring them back as full-time alternates for the 2011 season.

The original - 1995 Mariners

6/25/2010 - Mariners at Brewers (1982 for both teams)

With interleague play taking the Mariners to a rare visit to Milwaukee, this was a chance for Seattle's first major league team to relive part of the Mariners' past.  It was officially listed as a 1982 throwback when the Brewers reached their only World Series, although the Mariners set was identical in both 1981 and 1982.  The Mariners used their proper white-pannelled hemets and both teams even brought back button-up elastic waistbands on the pants.  Although with the current jerseys much larger, they obscured most of the waist stripes that were so prominant on the originals.

The original - 1982 Mariners

While the Mariners had their proper helmets, the Brewers should also have had a white panel on the front, which was missing here.  They also used white buttons on their pants, when they were blue on the originals.

The original - 1982 Brewers

7/1/2011 - Padres at Mariners (1984 for both teams)

For the sixth year in a row, the Mariners hosted a turn-back-the-clock game.  The 1981-1986 home set was the only one not to be used yet, so that was the logical choice.  Officially calling it 1984, the Padres were all too happy to wear the uniforms of their first World Series season.  The Padres' look has become a rather iconic one for them, and it often makes an appearance for their turn-back-the-clock days.  This effort was decent, but fell short in a few areas.  The original helmets had a much smaller yellow panel, just large enough to fit the logo.  The ones here took up the entire front of the helmet, extending too far to the sides.  The jerseys also should have had the RAK sleeve patch for owner Ray Krok.  The names on the back were vertically arched in 1984, but these had the simple radial arch.  But the biggest difference was below the knees.  Hardly any Padres wore their pants high, so we didn't really get to see the amazingly unique brown stirrups with yellow sanitary socks.  Also missing were the flashy white shoes.

The original - 1984 Padres

The Mariners didn't have as many unique flairs to their uniform, so it was a bit easier to match.  All players wore their pants high, but there was an interesting mix of socks, ranging from full blues to Jason Vargas' two-in-ones, with the blue strip stitched into the white sock.  Carlos Peguero had his stirrups on backwards, as the larger hole should go in the back.  But they nailed other details, such as the elastic, button-up waistbands.

The original - 1984 Mariners

Index

Caps

Helmets

Jerseys

Numbers

Patches

Expansion | 1977 | 19781979-1980 | 1981-1982 | 1983-1984 | 1985-1986 | 1987 | 1988-1991 | 1992 | 1993 | 1994
1995 | 1996 | 1997 | 1998 | 1999 | 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 20052006200720082009 | 2010 | 2011
Turn Back the Clock