August 08, 2011
Perhaps the uniforms didn't look that out of place to the fans who normally watch a team that features a bunch of angry purple grapes as its logo.
But for those of us doing a double-take at the "I Love Lucy" jerseys that the Jamestown (N.Y.) Jammers wore last week? Well, somebody's got some 'splainin to do!
It turns out that there's a good explanation for the unusual look: The Jammers, the Single-A short-season affiliate of the Florida Marlins, play in Lucille Ball's hometown. And with Jamestown holding festivities for the 100th anniversary of the late comedienne's birth on Aug. 6, it seemed like a logical reason for the local nine to get involved with the party.
Thus, all the young ballplayers — many of whom have probably never seen an old black-and-white rerun of history's funniest woman (for my money, anyway) — took the field wearing jerseys emblazoned with pictures of Lucy and Desi Arnaz, as well as both of their names.
"This is a great way for the local baseball team to tie in with another local icon: Lucille Ball," Jammers general manager Matt Drayer said. "It's a great cross promotion where we can celebrate Lucy's birthday around the American pastime of baseball."
After the game, the club sold 39 of the specially designed jerseys at $150 a piece, 35 of which were game worn by players and coaches. The proceeds went to help fund the Lucy-Desi Museum in downtown Jamestown.
If you feel bad for missing out, the team is still selling a limited amount of its special hats, which feature a Lucy-style pink heart behind that great grape logo. Or you can check out more of Lucy's birthday weekend activities in Jamestown, which featured setting a Guinness World Record for a photo of the most people dressed as Lucille Ball (915).
Here are a few more photos of the uniform as well: