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This was shown at a panel at Hofstra this past weekend:

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It was intended to be used at some point in the 80's. To me, the most interesting aspect of it (besides it being powder blue, because everyone wore powder blue back then) is that it has a different interlocking NY. And overall, it actually doesn't look half bad. I wonder why the ultimately ended up scrapping it?

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Another interesting thing is that it appears to be a pullover, but has the neck stitching as if there was a button placket going up and around (the "spoon" stitching so to speak.)

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Another interesting thing is that it appears to be a pullover, but has the neck stitching as if there was a button placket going up and around (the "spoon" stitching so to speak.)

Yes thats what I found the most interesting as well. I dont recall seeing that type of neckline back when pullovers were the rage.

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The NY used here is the same one they wore on their jackets at the time.

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Personally I like the way powder blue looks with blue & orange, I wouldn't want them to wear it now but it would have been fine in the 80s. What I don't like about the prototype is that there's a white outline on the NY but not in the racing stripes. Looks mismatched.

Amazing find though, can't believe I never knew about this.

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The NY used here is the same one they wore on their jackets at the time.

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Personally I like the way powder blue looks with blue & orange, I wouldn't want them to wear it now but it would have been fine in the 80s. What I don't like about the prototype is that there's a white outline on the NY but not in the racing stripes. Looks mismatched.

Amazing find though, can't believe I never knew about this.

It's also the same NY they used on the warmup:

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Incidentally, the cap logo on the warmup looks really nice for many teams:

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Back to the Mets unis: I really like the cap logo on the chest. I would love to have seen this logo on a grey button-down jersey, with piping, analogous to the Giants' secondary road jersey which resembles the one used in the 80s:

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But powder blue would have looked awful on the Mets, as it did on all teams apart from the Royals, who did it well with this uni:

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(By the way, the guy in the original picture is my brother, Mike Cesarano. I am Ferdinand Cesarano. When I signed up here, I think I found that "ferdinandcesarano" was too long for a user name; so I used my last name only.)

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I did a mock-up of the full uniform based on what we have here, needing to make a few educated guesses.

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Is there a date on this? I'm guessing 1982 or 1983, when the switch to the racing stripes was underway

It looks like they could not choose between v-neck or button-front with placket. I went with what was eventually chosen and went with v-neck. To save time, I opted for a squashed cap logo rather than spend a lot of time on illustrator trying to get an old Giants logo to look right.

By the end, two things occurred to me:

  • This uniform sucked. BAD.
  • Doubleday and Cashen did seem to be a check, at least early on, against Wilpon's Bat!@#$ crazy instincts

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