LA Angels Have Throwback Weekend with Two Retro Unis

Written By:  •  Monday, August 19, 2013

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim celebrated “Throwback Weekend” this past weekend against the Houston Astros wearing two different throwback uniforms.

First up, on Friday night the Angels went back to (what can be best described as a combination of) their 1973-85 and 1989-92 designs with that classic navy blue and red “Big A” cap, the “Angels” script across the chest (in “Smartcaps” style).

Let’s compare the jerseys and caps to see how they did:

Comparing the throwbacks the LA Angels wore on Friday night with their 1980s originals.

It’s looking pretty good, but where it becomes inaccurate is on the sleeve… or with the buttons.  It depends on what era they were  looking to emulate.

See, where the combination of two eras mentioned earlier comes into play is with the State of California patch on the sleeve (1973-85) on a button-up jersey with traditional belt pants (1989-92). Yes, you’re right, the Angels *did* wear a button up jersey with a California patch on the sleeve in 1971 and 1972 but notice the uniform script was all lowercase in those years.

Compare the 1972 look with the 1973-85 design as well as the early 90s uniform (with the updated sleeve patch) below:

Button up with California patch (but lowercase wordmark) on left; Proper casing with California patch (but pullover jersey) in middle; Button up with proper casing (but 1986-92 patch on sleeve) on right

As you can see, the Angels like to tweak their look little by little over time, it’s a practice they still do today.

A few photos from Friday’s game, note the use of the proper logo on the batting helmets:

For Saturday’s game the Angels went back into the 1960s wearing the look from their days as the plain old “Los Angeles Angels” (none of this “of Anaheim” in the name back then kids).  The original LA Angels look included one of the more interesting uniform designs of the 1960s, the halo on the top of the cap:

Comparing the LA Angels original ’62 uniform on the left with 2013 throwbacks on right. Note the “LA” patch from out of nowhere in 2013, but the halos on caps were added properly

A fairly accurate reproduction… except for the Angels adding a patch they never actually wore to the sleeve of the reproduction.  Again with the patch inaccuracies!

They also used the Boston Red Sox style of numbers for the throwbacks, but put down your torches and pitchforks because the Angels actually used to use that font for their numbers, weird right?:

The back of a game worn LA Angels jersey from 1962, compare the style of the number 7 with the 2013 throwbacks photo on right

Some more photos from Saturday’s trip back to the early ’60s, again with proper logo on helmet (but no halo, shucks):

So, in short, while the team did pretty good with their jersey fonts, striping, and caps they really buggered up the patches.  Not sure what happened there, maybe it makes it a more lucrative purchase for fans, who knows.  Either way, I think we all can agree the idea of a throwback weekend is a great one, so kudos to the Angels for that.

Speaking of lucrative purchases… You can purchase all these throwback looks on the Angels official website…. The 1970s-80s cap here, the 1970s-80s jersey here, the 1960s cap (with halo!) here, and the ’60s jersey here.

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  • ingmar66

    Good job by the Angels, especially the halo cap is sweet. As for the patches, they might be historically inaccurate, but the do make the jerseys a bit more interesting to purchase for the average fan, I guess. I would buy them, anyway, if I had the money because they do look nice.

    • Aaron

      I would but one of them too. They never won the pennant or World Series with them and usually had mediocre teams, but both sets are classic.

  • Marty (Costa Mesa)

    For the way the season has gone, the Angels could have worn throwback 1976 jerseys–that year they were last in the league in both hitting and in home runs; they had only Nolan Ryan and Frank Tanana who won 36 games between them that year! The Angels also on purpose opted not to put names on those jerseys anywhere; maybe they didn’t want to know who they were–lol! And that was before they started to seriously attract fans at Anaheim Stadium, as it was then called.

  • rafterman

    Be wary of the halo caps. I got one when they wore them as part of the 50th Anniversary. They were made in China and the quality was pretty awful.

    • Aaron

      I think everything is these days. But those were pretty cool caps though.

    • ingmar66

      Rafterman, was the halo printed or stitched? If it was only printed I can fully imagine the poor quality of the hat.

  • Aaron

    The 1960’s Angels jerseys look an awful lot like the Red Sox.

    • They look like the Red Sox jerseys because they were from the same manufacturer of the time, hence the similar font and such.

      As for the low-quality halo cap, is it a New Era one? New Era is usually on top of their game with the authentic caps.

  • Craig Gardner

    In 1962, the Angels wore navy blue socks. Peter Bourjos was wearing red socks during in the 1962 throwback game. No idea if anyone else did, because they were all wearing ridiculous shoe-length pajama pants. Throwback uniforms don’t work in those pants. Just my two cents.

    • Craig Gardner

      Also, in 1962, they were called the Los Angeles Angels because they PLAYED IN LOS ANGELES. Anaheim is not Los Angeles.

  • Even though I love the current jerseys (they DID win the World Series in them), I wouldn’t be angry if they went back to the 1989-1992 look and style. They still look great!

    • Aaron

      Because they won the World Series with the current all red motif, there’s no sense in making the same mistake most teams have made soon after winning it all. If it’s not broken, why bother fixing it? Although I would bring back the 1989-92 style as an alternate for Sundays or flashback Fridays. Those were classic.