Reader Bob Gassel recently found some 1963 home movie footage on YouTube. It shows a few games shot at Kansas City Athletics games that season, and although it’s only five minutes long, it has a ton of uni-related goodness. Ready? One at a time:
• The first few minutes of the footage are from an A’s/Indians doubleheader. The game was played at Kansas City Municipal Stadium, and the A’s were wearing their mono-gold vest uniforms (they wore that design at home and on the road that season). The weird thing is that the Indians appear to have been wearing their home whites. Check it out:
Cleveland’s 1963 home whites and road greys were basically the same except for the flannel color, so it’s hard to be sure. Maybe their shade of grey wasn’t as dark as most other teams’ (the same video later shows the A’s playing the Yankees, and the Yanks’ greys look a bit darker), or maybe it’s just the lighting and the limitations of home movie footage. Still, those uniforms look pretty white to me.
• 1963 was the year that many of the A’s began wearing their first names or nicknames on their jerseys. There’s a good shot of future Hall of Famer Tony La Russa, who was an A’s infielder at the time, with “Tony” on his back:
Unfortunately, none of the other NOBs in the video are legible.
• One of the games featured Cleveland pitcher Early Wynn, who was 43 years old at the time, going for his 300th career victory. There’s some good footage of him warming up prior to the game (in front of his team’s dugout, as was standard at the time), and it shows that he was quite the portly fellow at that point in his career, with a lot of extra belt loops (and again, his uni looks pretty white):
There were two different sets of Little Leaguers at the ballpark — in full uniform! That was a much more common thing before advent of retail jersey merchandising.
• There are two different bits that show the A’s owner Charlie Finley’s mechanical rabbit, would pop up out of the ground behind the home plate umpire and deliver fresh baseball to him. Here’s the first view of it:
And here’s the second view:
There are several shots that show the A’s groundskeepers. Interestingly, their uniforms were a preview of what the team would eventually wear in the doubleknit era in Oakland:
There are also several shots of an A’s batboy, who for some reason was wearing No. 98. Maybe they just wanted to give him a number that they knew nobody else would be wearing:
Now that you’ve seen all the choice bits, I highly recommend watching the entire video:
(My thanks to Bob Gassel for pointing me toward this great footage.)
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By Kris Gross
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