Written By: Chris Creamer•
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
The Texas Rangers are celebrating the 40th anniversary of their move from Washington to Texas during the 2012 season by wearing uniforms throughout their history.
We’ve finally gotten ahold of the schedule and the uniforms that will be worn for each game, so mark your calendars – and if you’re in Texas, buy those tickets to get a glimpse of these classic uniforms in action.
Texas Rangers 2012 Turn-Back-the-Clock Schedule:
The Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim turned back the clock to the 1972 season this past weekend by both wearing very accurate replicas (click for pics) of their original ’72 duds.
The Rangers wore these exact home jerseys from 1972-1975 before switching to a half-button down/half-pullover jersey top version of this design from 1976-1982
I’m not sure about anyone else but this is the uniform I’m most looking forward to seeing on the field again; this is how I remember the Texas Rangers and the great Nolan Ryan.
The Rangers cleaned up their 1984-85 uniforms by removing red-white-and-blue sleeve stripes and switching their caps to all-blue for the 1986 season. Ryan joined the team in 1989 and left during the final season of this look in 1993. After his election to the Hall of Fame, Ryan elected to wear this cap logo on his plaque.
With their move from Arlington Stadium into the Ballpark in Arlington for the 1994 season came a whole new look for the Rangers. The blue that had dominated their look since their inaugural season had been demoted to secondary colour status. Red, which had been used only as a trim colour, with the exception of a short-lived alternate, had been brought up to the team’s new primary colour.
It was in this uniform during which the Rangers achieved their first success as a team, making their playoff debut during the 1996 season.
For the 2000 season the Rangers switched to blue on their road uniforms before going back to blue for both home-and-road in 2001 putting an end to red as a primary colour.
In the last few seasons the Rangers have begun swapping between wearing their blue and their red caps along with their home uniforms.
Texas joined the powder-blue road uniform revolution for the 1976 season and kept the look through 1982 (the half-button jersey was replaced with a full-button jersey in 1981). From the photo at the very top of this article it’s hard to tell if the Rangers will go with the half-button look or full-button but the fact that they’re wearing the 1976 bi-centennial patch (click to see patch) suggests we should see the half-button. If they want to be accurate, of course.