St Louis Cardinals Unveil New Alt Uniform, Red Caps on Road

Written By:  •  Friday, November 16, 2012

The St. Louis Cardinals today are expected to announce they will be adding a new home alternate jersey as well as switching to red caps on the road for the 2013 season.  The press conference is scheduled for 11am ET (10am CT) and will be streamed live on

The new alternate uniform, to be worn for Saturday home games only, is “heritage white” or cream in colour with red piping down the front, the pants will also be this same off-white colour.

What’s really different about this new alternate uniform is that it’ll feature the city name “St. Louis” across the chest rather than “Cardinals”, this is the first time the club has showcased their city on a uniform since (believe-it-or-not) the 1932 season.

“It’s not an earth-shattering change, but any change with the Cardinals is big news because there’s such tradition with our uniform look… We don’t take it lightly. I’m excited about it, and I think our fans will be more than pleased with the changes.” –  Cardinals president Bill DeWitt III to

The jersey does borrow some elements from that 1932 look, the piping – which hasn’t been seen on any Cardinals uniform since 1955 – is based off of the ’32 jersey except that it continues through to the bottom of the jersey instead of stopping mid-way as it did in the ’30s.  The “St. Louis” design across the front, while similar, is a completely modern take on the classic look.

St Louis Cardinals 1932 jersey, the last to feature “St Louis” across the chest

What hasn’t been announced yet but is expected to be today (based on reports from numerous reliable sources of mine) is the elimination of the navy blue “STL” caps on their road uniform. The Cardinals have worn the navy blue caps with their road uniforms since 1992.

It shouldn’t take that long to get used to for Cardinals fans, the team did wear the red caps with grey uniforms from 1985-91 (and 1965-75 before that), not to mention for most of their Spring Training games over the past decade.

Cardinals players wearing red cap with road jerseys at Spring Training… get used to this for the regular season

The navy blue road cap is expected to stay on as an official cap for the Cardinals but in what way we’re not yet sure.  Speculation ranges from Sunday road games (much like they wear another blue cap for Sunday home games) to getaway day games to just leaving it up to the fans to decide.

The navy blue road cap, seen here in 2009, will be cut from the regular set

If there’s anything else to be announced you’ll have to wait and see it during the big unveiling but we’re not expecting anything different.  You can watch it live at at 10am CT or check back here if there’s anything new.



UPDATE (11:18am ET)

Okay so the press conference has happened and we have some more information, and photos, on what’s changing for 2013.

Everything we heard about the home alternate is accurate, worn on Saturday home games.

The red cap does indeed become the new road cap as we expected, the navy blue cap will be worn “on occasion” and only on the road.  Possible ideas thrown out there (in addition to our above theories) include holidays and games against other red cap teams for contrast.  A red belt will also be worn with the road uniform.

Numbers on the fronts of all the jerseys have been made slightly smaller in order to accomodate a more detailed “birds on bat” logo which they say is using a new stitching method.

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  • Tyler Gribble

    I thought I was going to hate them, but I am actually very pleasantly surprised.

  • Both of these changes are excellent. Now just phase out the current home whites and make this the everyday.

    • Me

      The Cardinals have one of the best home uniforms in baseball. To get rid of it is a crime no matter how great these alternates are.

  • Amazing. Make it gray and this should be the new road jersey.

    • Aaron

      I just said that!

    • 11in ’11

      My thoughts exactly! This would make a great road gray.

  • Aaron

    If the Cardinals were going to have any alternates, this one should be it. But I personally think it should be a Sunday jersey with their navy Sunday home cap. I don’t mind that the red caps are also worn on the road, but at the same time glad the navy STL cap is still in circulation. I think it’ll likely be a Sunday road cap. Personally, the words St. Louis would look good on the road jersey.

  • Troy Griggsby

    Yes, yes! Alt uniform, NOT alt jerseys. Another team getting it right!

  • Ben Anijar Andersen

    I love it! Want one for christmas! I just wish they would make the home one like this with cardinals script instead and then make a road one with st.louis and red piping. I love piping on cardinals jerseys! Are the cards getting rid of sunday hats too?

  • Half of me is thinking AWESOME we’re getting new unis, while the other half is thinking NOOOOO we’re getting new unis

  • Mike Barbato

    Great looking jersey

  • My only criticism is that the top of the “L” should interlocking with the bat

  • Nick Rodriguez

    Wow! These are really sweet! Love em!

  • I’ve always wondered why their NORMAL road uniform doesn’t say “St. Louis”.

  • Aaron

    I wouldn’t mind the Cardinals putting St. Louis on the grey road jerseys with the navy STL caps. I wonder how those jerseys would look without the piping?

  • SFforlife

    Ironic that their new HOME jerseys say “St. Louis” and their longtime roads still say “Cardinals”. Lol.

  • Steve

    STUPID!!! so the cards finally introduce a “St. Louis” jersey, but it’s a home alternate?!? and to make matters worse, it’s stupid “heritage white” aka cream. pure ugly, I hate cream jersey more than anything else.
    Also, there is NO reason to dump the navy caps on the road, they are some of the best looking road caps in baseball.
    I really don’t know what the Cardinals are thinking.

  • I’ve been saying for years to have the Red hats all time.

  • I’ve been saying for years to have the Red hats all time.

  • BuffaloBillyJ

    Any team with red as their primary color should never have a blue cap. In the case of the Washington Nationals, they have dual coloring and the blue or red cap are equally acceptable The Cardinals are meant to be red…period.

  • ingmar66

    Please, Cards, make sure that the navy road caps (the best in all of baseball) will not be phased out after a couple of seasons. The alternate home jersey is very nice and, indeed, curling the L around the bat would make it look like a C. Why not introduce red piping on the grey road set as well? Ah, maybe next season.

  • thomas

    i don´t see the improved bird beaks and 3D bat on the home jersey !?

  • Boyee

    Great, especially red hats on the road. Now it is time to put St. Louis on the road uniforms.

  • A great look, yes. Couldn’t they just redo the road jersey instead?

  • Brian Castner

    I like the new alt but dropping the blue hat on the road is a bad move. I like the blue hat much better than the red one. Can’t they drop the stupid alt hat and use the blue one for those games at least?

  • Nick

    Looks great for an alternate, I really like the red piping and the off-white/cream color of the jersey (similar to the Giants’ jerseys).

    I’d really like to see what the red piping would look like on their regular home whites.

  • Charles Pence

    ive been saying for years they should make a grey version of this their road jerseys. i even designed one that looked almost exactly like these

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