Red Sox Uniforms | Facts and Trivia
The red shoes the Red Sox sported in 1977 and ’78 were a little much, but after that year’s playoff loss, they had to make some kind of change. Sadly, they also ditched the horizontal blue stripes that had graced the top of the stockings since 1936.
Clearly, there have been some fashion choices made as to stockings, ranging from Manny Ramirez‘s baggy pants that almost covered his cleats to the high stockings still worn by some — a Mike Timlin or a Daniel Bard.
There was the day back in 1975 when Roger Moret wore Luis Tiant‘s jersey after thieves robbed the Sox clubhouse during the night before and made off with 17 jerseys and four pairs of pants. Moret had to wear Tiant’s shirt in a relief stint the evening of May 12. He faced one batter and induced a double play.
How many different uniform styles have the Red Sox worn over the years? There have been any number of minor changes to this and that element (the belt loops, trim styles, cap variations), but one of the more surprising stretches ranged from 1913-1930 when home jerseys bore no lettering at all, front or back, nor did the caps. Road shirts simply said “Red Sox”.
Just as the Red Sox never played the National Anthem at Fenway before 1931 (they played the “Star Spangled Banner” often, but it was not designated the National Anthem until 1931), neither Babe Ruth nor Cy Young nor Tris Speaker nor any Red Sox player before 1931 ever wore a number.
The Boston native to appear in the most games wearing a Red Sox uniform is Manny Delcarmen.
Most players don their uniforms in the clubhouse but on May 1, 2006, catcher Doug Mirabelli put his on in the back seat of a Massachusetts State Police cruiser that whisked him from Logan Airport to Fenway Park, arriving 13 minutes before first pitch. He played the game without a protective cup.
There was one very hot day in 1955 when there were two players on the field both wearing #9 — Ted Williams, playing left field, and pitcher Frank Sullivan, who changed into his third jersey during the game, one of Ted’s.
Then there was April 15, 2009 when everyone — on both teams, and even the umpires — all wore #42. They were honoring Jackie Robinson‘s birthday. You couldn’t tell the players with a scorecard.
Each player typically has eight regular uniforms — two of each style for home and two of each for the road.
Newer synthetic fabrics such as Majestic’s Cool Base are favored by many players today; Jacoby Ellsbury wears nothing else — while Big Papi has never worn it.
The Red Sox did not wear uniform numbers prior to the 1931 season.
The number worn by more players than any other is #15, worn by 52 players.