The Chicago Cubs already announced they're joining most of the other teams in Major League Baseball in the 21st century by having a mascot — an uncontroversial bear named Clark. And they're also dipping into their past, at least from a fashion standpoint, and wearing retro uniforms from years gone by, to help celebrate Wrigley Field's 100 years.
The uniforms, to be worn Sundays at home, not only include those worn by the Chicago Federals — Wrigley's first tenant — but also by Cubs teams in subsequent decades. Pictured above are four of the jerseys, thanks to Lockerdome. At the top left, 1942; at the top right, 1952; at the bottom left, 1929; at the bottom right, 1969.
The Cubs' jerseys in '69 look a lot like the ones they wear today, the biggest distinction being the abstract-yet-psychedelic Cub face logo on the sleeve. Look at those pupils. That bear's gotten into some stuff. He'll come down soon — not that you have to tell the '69 Mets.
The jersey from '42 that includes a "Health" patch (as in "get some exercise") that would be replaced, reportedly, by a stars-and-stripes patch from '43-45. The jersey from '52 looks just like the one from '42, except for the blue sleeves — which anticipated the 1970s colorful-sleeves look of the Braves and Padres.
The '29 jersey combines what's become the signature "C" of the Reds and the Chicago Bears, along with an early Cubs bear logo that looks much more like a varmint than a bear. It's going to be a great summer at Wrigley — for fashion!
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