The Oakland Athletics are reportedly scrapping their green alternate jerseys with the “Athletics” script across the front in favor of something that harkens back to their mid-1970s dynasty era.
According to Paul Lukas of the UniWatch blog, via Twitter:
New green alternate for the A’s (replaces previous green alternate). pic.twitter.com/zN5DzxYzwu
— Paul Lukas (@UniWatch) February 6, 2014
They are similar to those shown in this 1973 team photo and are along the same lines as the yellow alternate jerseys introduced by the club in 2011.
The key difference between the 1970s vintage jerseys and the new alternates is the piping down the center because the newer jerseys are button down rather than pullovers (a solid upgrade as someone who played in the heart of the pullover era).
As each of the last two seasons have been, this year marks the 40th anniversary of the last of the back-to-back-to-back championship squads from the 1970s, the 1974 team that beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in five games in the World Series.
At least from the bulk of the reaction I’ve seen, people are digging the new threads. As an older fan myself and having seen that A’s team do its thing when I was a kid, it’s kind of cool to see those uniforms (or at least a better, modern-day version of them) make a comeback.