Every year a big box would arrive at the local park office. The contents contained a closely guarded secret that would only be revealed at the appointed hour. Anyone caught peeking inside was sentenced to a day’s banishment from the park. (Or if it was Bill Leitz, you got sandwich duty for a week – that meant the offender was sentenced to ride his bike to the P&G Delicatessen on Park Street to pick up Bill’s lunch order.) Inside the box were dozens of that season’s baseball t-shirts.
Although the individual park logos had a long shelf life, every few years the park color combinations would change. I imagine Lil got a good price by ordering thousands of shirts at a time. Perhaps the decision for a color change was signaled when the supply ran out! “Shirley, the t-shirts for Woodstock and Lincoln are getting low. Time to swap their colors.” But I digress…
PlayBall! needs your continued help in trying to identify t-shirt colors associated with the parks during the 1960’s and 1970’s.
Here’s what we recall:
Franklin – Midnight blue shirt, white logo (pre-1966)
Franklin – Burgundy shirt; white logo (1966 – ?)
Krusi – Black shirt, white logo
Krusi – Navy blue shirt, white logo
McKinley – Black shirt, white logo
Rittler – Yellow shirt, black logo
Washington – Yellow shirt, black logo
Washington – Yellow shirt, blue logo
Edison – Forest green shirt, white logo
Edison – Black t-shirt, white logo
Lincoln – ?
Longfellow – ?
Godfrey – ?
Woodstock – Blue shirt, yellow logo (1968)
PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR RECOLLECTIONS IN THE COMMENTS BOX! We need to know.