November 27, 2014
Red is out, black is in and the sleeves are attached again to the Pittsburgh Pirates' jerseys.
The Pirates are restoring sleeves to all jerseys except the
white pinstriped tops worn during Sunday afternoon home games. The
sleeves will be on both the primary home and away jerseys, along
with a Pirates logo on the left shoulder.
The Pirates returned to wearing vest-style jerseys without
sleeves when they opened PNC Park in 2001. The sleeveless tops were first worn in 1957, then discarded when the Pirates moved into
Three Rivers Stadium at midseason in 1970.
The new alternate uniforms will feature black tops with a gold
"P" emblem displayed on the left chest. They replace red jerseys
that were worn for the last two seasons and were not popular with
the fans or players.
This is the first time in 74 years the Pirates will wear
uniforms with a solid "P" rather than the words Pittsburgh or
Pirates, or a club logo. These jerseys will be worn on select home
and road dates.
"We return this year to the sleeved jersey worn by four of our
five world championship teams, including our 1971 and 1979 clubs,"
team president Frank Coonelly said.