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Independent team will wear women's uniforms to honor breast cancer survivors

Mark Townsend
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The San Rafael Pacifics of the independent Pacific Association will make history on Friday when they take the field against the Sonoma Stompers at Albert Park. For one night only, the Pacifics will be wearing uniforms based on those worn in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League, which was famously featured in the 1992 film "A League of Their Own."

According to Ballpark Digest, in doing so, the Pacifics will become the first men's professional baseball team to ever wear a dress as a part of their uniforms.

If you've never seen the film or are just having trouble visualizing the look, here's a sneak peek.

Naturally, the promotion is called "League of Their Own Uniform Night," but it's about much more than honoring a historic league and a great film. The players will don the uniforms in a show of support for Breast Cancer Awareness.

In fact, two uniforms will be autographed by Academy Award winning actor Tom Hanks, who played fictional Rockford Peaches manager Jimmy Dugan in the film. Those will be auctioned off after the game with all the proceeds going to “To Celebrate Life Breast Cancer Foundation,” an all-volunteer breast cancer foundation.

In addition to Hanks, Pacifics' players will also be signing uniforms that will be auctioned, so they stand to raise a good amount of money.

The uniforms were created and donated by San Rafael fashion designer Noy Design. 

It's definitely a unique promotion, but it has to rank among the coolest we've seen this season. If we were dividing up into categories, it definitely ranks ahead of "Office Space Night" in minor league promotions based on movies. It will definitely have people talking leading in, and it should make for interesting viewing come game time.

We'll give the Pacifics one point for creativity, two points for not caring what anyone else thinks, and several more points for bringing attention and financial aid to a very worthy cause.

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