Such a great idea by the Reds

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of their founding as the world’s first professional baseball club, the Cincinnati Red Stockings (or the “Reds” as we know them) wore some sweet early 20th century throwbacks this weekend.

Saturday’s edition was a white 1902 uniform with a collar and a pocket shirt that powered Cincinnati to a 9–2 win over the Giants. 

The Sunday unis were based on the Reds’ 1911 denim road uniforms, though thankfully made out of a modern material. 

The throwbacks weren’t enough to make Derek Deitrich feel like he was living before World War I, so he decided to add an extra flourish by giving himself a big handlebar mustache made out of eye black. 


He may have looked like one but Dietrich certainly wasn’t playing like a guy from the dead ball era. In the first inning, Eugenio Suarez, Jesse Winker and Dietrich hit back-to-back to back home runs on three consecutive pitches from Jeff Samardzija, becoming the first team to do that in 12 years.

It was Dietrich’s fourth homer of the weekend (following two on Friday and one on Saturday) to give him nine on the year. If the throwback uniforms are the secret, I have good news. Cincy has 13 more games this year wearing different retro kits. Next up is a 1912 outfit on May 19. The slate of throwbacks goes chronologically through the team’s history, culminating on Sept. 22 with the 1999 black-accented vest look that Pokey Reese and Barry Larkin rocked in 1999. 

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