Photos: Rangers and Astros Turn Back to 1986

The Texas Rangers and Houston Astros, both celebrating anniversary seasons (Texas 40th, Houston 50th) turned back the clock to 1986 last night in an Interleague Major League Baseball game at The Ballpark in Arlington.

The 1986 season was a special one for the Houston Astros, not only did the team host the All-Star Game that season, and celebrate their 25th anniversary, they also won the NL West Division championship – clinching the division title courtesy a no-hitter from ’86 NL Cy Young Award winner Mike Scott.

What a season!

Houston Astros Texas Rangers 1986-1993 Throwback Uniforms 2012
The 1984-93 Texas Rangers logo painted on the field behind the plate at The Ballpark in Arlington yesterday

Texas was turning back to their first season wearing those classic Nolan Ryan-era uniforms, ’86 pre-dated Ryan’s arrival (in fact he played for Houston in that season) but they will forever be associated with the Ryan Express in the memories of most baseball fans.

On to the uniforms…

Both teams wore the matching helmets and eliminated the MLB patches from the back of the cap and jersey.  The Majestic logo was on the sleeves of both teams, which is inaccurate for ’86.

Houston wore their practically-white but not completely white road uniforms of the season, they even included their 25th anniversary patch (see that logo here) on the left sleeve, nice attention to detail.

Houston Astros 1986 Throwback Uniforms 2012
25th Anniversary Patch from 1986 on Astros Throwbacks

The Astros uniforms were pretty spot-on with their originals, compare in this side-by-side for yourself:

Comparing the Astros Throwbacks, 1986 on left - 2012 on right

Nothing special on the Rangers’ side, other than just how great that uniform set looked – would really love to see this one return one day.  Side-by-side to compare:

Nolan Ryan in an ad from 1992 on left, throwback from 2012 on right

Overall a great throwback uniform matchup, see below for a bunch of pics, click any for a larger image:

Texas Rangers 1986-1993 Throwback Uniforms 2012

Houston Astros 1986 Throwback Uniforms 2012

Houston Astros 1986 Throwback Uniforms 2012

Texas Rangers 1986-1993 Throwback Uniforms 2012

Houston Astros Texas Rangers 1986-1993 Throwback Uniforms 2012

Houston Astros 1986 Throwback Uniforms 2012

Texas Rangers 1986-1993 Throwback Uniforms 2012

Houston Astros Texas Rangers 1986-1993 Throwback Uniforms 2012

Texas Rangers 1986-1993 Throwback Uniforms 2012

Houston Astros Texas Rangers 1986-1993 Throwback Uniforms 2012

Houston Astros Texas Rangers 1986-1993 Throwback Uniforms 2012

Houston Astros 1986 Throwback Uniforms 2012