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Jerseys of the Rattlers – Sleeveless

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers have worn many jerseys since 1995.  There have been throwbacks, pinks, camouflage, batting practice, sleeveless, the regular ones that were worn for most games, and a few that you may have forgotten.  This feature is to take a look at those jerseys.

The 1998 season was the fourth year of baseball at Fox Cities Stadium.  The Timber Rattlers were looking for a new look and their three-year old pinstripes were on their last legs.  The call went out:  Give us new jerseys…and forget the sleeves!

And boy did they.  The designers took a page out of the old Reds jerseys from the Ted Kluszewski days:

Ted does not need sleeves.

Ted tried wearing sleeves once.  The sleeves ran away.  Had there been an internet during Ted’s playing days there would have been a Ted Kluszewski Facts website.

and this is what they came up with for the Timber Rattlers:

BEHOLD! Sleeveless!

BEHOLD! Sleeveless!

Let’s take a closer look at the logo. Notice anything, um, wrong?

And by wrong I mean...illegal?

And by wrong I mean…illegal?

Official Baseball Rules – Rule 1.11 (e) No part of the uniform shall include a pattern that imitates or suggests the shape of a baseball.

The Timber Rattlers wore these jerseys for FIVE years! No one caught it…or thought of a suitable penalty.

Not illegal, but definitely a crime against something the way TIMBER is just placed on the chest of the road jersey…

Is that cellophane tape?

Is that cellophane tape?

The unusual thing about the road jerseys from this era was the lack of “Wisconsin” on the road jersey.  Usually, the home jersey has the nickname and the road jersey has where the team is located.  That’s just…weird.

The American flag patch was put on the back of the jerseys for the 2002 season.

They sewed this on right.

At least they sewed this on right.

Shin-Soo Choo preferred the short-sleeved undershirt with the sleeveless jersey.

Choo's '02 home jersey.

Choo’s ’02 home jersey.

Gil Meche preferred the long-sleeved undershirt with the sleeveless jersey…and…apparently…a mock turtleneck, too.

As long as they wore an undershirt does it really matter if it was long-sleeved or short-sleeved?

As long as they wore an undershirt, does it really matter if it was long-sleeved or short-sleeved?

The sleeveless Rattlers jersey was foreshadowing for Meche. As you can see – maybe – in the side-by-side cards in his display case, the Seattle Mariners also went to sleeveless:

Still not a good look.  Even in the major leagues.

Still not a good look. Even in the major leagues.

Past Posts on Jerseys:

2006 Throwbacks

2007 Throwbacks

2008 Throwbacks

BP Tops 2004-2009

Pinstripes and BP Tops of 1995-1997

Jerseys of the Rattlers – 1996

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers have worn many jerseys since 1995.  There have been throwbacks, pinks, camouflage, batting practice, sleeveless, the regular ones that were worn for most games, and a few that you may have forgotten.  This feature is to take a look at those jerseys.

Since David Ortiz hit a home run in Game One of the World Series last night, here’s a look at the 1996 season.  That would be the year Ortiz played – as David Arias – for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.

There aren’t a lot of pictures of the 1996 team in our archives.  So, I went to the baseball cards of that year.  Fortunately, there were a couple of players that wore their BP tops and others that wore the home pinstripes for their cards.  Let’s take a look.

First up, the BP Tops.  All Black with the team logo in a BIG CIRCLE!

These are outstanding.

These are outstanding.

Here are a sheet of cards featuring the home jerseys.  The patch on the left sleeve is the All-Star Game Logo.  The Timber Rattlers hosted that game in 1996.  You can best make out the logo on the cards of Theodoro Medrano, Joel Ramirez, and Chad Sheffer.

Ridiculous fake pose up there in the Joel Ramirez card.

Ridiculous fake pose up there in the Joel Ramirez card.

This sheet of cards was selected to show off the poses of the players over the uniforms.  My favorite is the Chad Soden card.  He’s still holding on to the baseball.  Had he been throwing that baseball it would have hit the dirt right around his plant foot.

None of the baseballs in these cards were ever thrown.

None of the baseballs in these cards were ever thrown.

Here’s Big Papi as a Timber Rattler:

He can play first.  See!

He can play first. See!

I only chose this last card for the perfect juxtaposition between baseball cards and minor league baseball.  Jon Vanof on an ATV:

John Vanof. On an ATV!

John Vanof. On an ATV!

Past Posts on Jerseys:

2006 Throwbacks

2007 Throwbacks

2008 Throwbacks

BP Tops 2004-2009

Jerseys of the Rattlers – BP Tops of 2004 through 2009

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers have worn many jerseys since 1995.  There have been throwbacks, pinks, camouflage, batting practice, sleeveless, the regular ones that were worn for most games, and a few that you may have forgotten.  This feature is to take a look at those jerseys.

This week I thought it would be a nice idea to look at a jersey worn by players over several seasons instead of a jersey that was worn just once or on just one day of the week.

The featured jersey this week is the Batting Practice Jerseys worn by the team from 2004 through 2009.

Batting practice jerseys are, by the very definition, jerseys that are to be worn during batting practice.  However, that does not stop teams from deciding to wear those jerseys during games.  Sometimes, a team will wear the BP tops for a game when they don’t take batting practice to save on laundry.  Sometimes, a team will wear the BP tops to try to shake things up.  Sometimes, a team wants to wear the BP tops because they are cool.

The players definitely thought these black beauties were cool.

The 2004 Timber Rattlers were the first team to wear those jerseys and a few guys chose to wear them on baseball card day:

I took that photo of Kenly Chang. That could not be a worse posed throw of a baseball.  Sorry, Kenly.

I took that photo of Kenly Chang. That could not be a worse posed throw of a baseball. Sorry, Kenly.

Those jerseys made a return for 2005:

Handshake line in '05

Handshake line in ’05

Matt Tuisasosopo rounds third and heads for home.

Matt Tuisasosopo rounds third and heads for home.

The 2006 Rattlers kept making the Men in Black look stylish:

Austin Bibens-Dirkx makes a pitch in 2006.

Austin Bibens-Dirkx makes a pitch in 2006.

Nice dugout shot

Nice dugout shot

The Batboys got them, too.

The Batboys got them, too.

Those jerseys make you want to high-five!

Those jerseys make you want to high-five!

The 2007 team kept the tradition of style and even more players wore them on Baseball Card day!

Ougi Diaz, everyone!  Ougi Diaz!

Ougi Diaz, everyone! Ougi Diaz!

The black BP tops made it to the final season of the affiliation with the Mariners in 2008. The players even wore them out into the community for appearances at Camp Hope:

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Yes. Brett Lawrie wore the Black BP top, too.

Yes. Brett Lawrie wore the Black BP top, too.

That guy on the mound? Wily Peralta.

That guy on the mound? Wily Peralta.

The Black BP Tops were retired after the 2009 season. There are still three available in the Team Store. No. Really.

Past Posts on Jerseys:

2006 Throwbacks

2007 Throwbacks

2008 Throwbacks

Jerseys of the Rattlers – 2008 Throwbacks

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers have worn many jerseys since 1995.  There have been throwbacks, pinks, camouflage, batting practice, sleeveless, the regular ones that were worn for most games, and a few that you may have forgotten.  This feature is to take a look at those jerseys.

This week, the Throwback jerseys that were worn for Sunday home games during the 2008 season.

The jerseys were based on those of the Appleton Papermakers of the 1940s & 1950’s. How do I know they wore them on Sundays….Autograph sessions – like this one held on a chilly day in April – were on Sundays.

If we had done throwback jackets, fans would have loved those, too.

If we had done throwback jackets, the players would have loved those, too.

I like this shot of the players in the dugout. The player on the left is Alex Liddi. The player in the middle is Ron Garth. I’m not sure which Rattler is hiding his face from the camera, but I thank him for showing off the hat.

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So…How close were these jerseys from the originals? Let’s take a look at a photo of a colorized photo of the 1947 Papermakers:

Photo may be found in the Leinie Lounge.

Photo may be found in the Leinie Lounge.

And a photo – a really, really poor one – of a black & white photo of the jerseys from that era:

Pretty close, I think.

Pretty close, I think.  This one shows the hats….and the flash from the camera phone.

Here are some action photos of Rattlers wearing the throwbacks:

Ron Garth makes a defensive play.

Ron Garth makes a defensive play.

I like this photo because of the sunglasses on the second baseman.  Anachronistic.

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I like this shot so much, I think I’ve used it whenever I mention Nathan Adcock on the blog.

Nathan Adcock as a Timber Rattler in 2008 wearing an Papermakers throwback uniform.

Nathan Adcock as a Timber Rattler in 2008 wearing an Papermakers throwback uniform.

I’m still trying to decide on which jersey to pick for next week.  Might go to a long time ago and a galaxy far, far away or something from 2009.  Tune in next week.

Past Posts on Jerseys:

2006 Throwbacks

2007 Throwbacks

Jerseys of the Rattlers – 2007 Throwbacks

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers have worn many jerseys since 1995.  There have been throwbacks, pinks, camouflage, batting practice, sleeveless, the regular ones that were worn for most games, and a few that you may have forgotten.  This feature is to take a look at those jerseys.

This week, the Throwback Friday jerseys that were worn for Friday home games during the 2006 2007 season.

The jerseys were based on those of the Appleton Foxes of 1983.

Nine members of the 1983 Appleton Foxes.

Nine members of the 1983 Appleton Foxes.

More members of the '83 Foxes.

More members of the ’83 Foxes…and a few Burlington Rangers

The 2007 season was a year that saw the Timber Rattlers wear many different jerseys. However, a lot..and a I do mean a lot of photos of that season were lost in the great server crash of 2008.

So, despite wearing these glorious retros from the 80’s every Throwback Friday during the 2007 season, these action shots of Carlos Triunfel are the only photos we have in our archives.

Photo Credit: Wm. Glasheen

Photo Credit: Wm. Glasheen

Photo Credit: Wm. Glasheen

Photo Credit: Wm. Glasheen

There was one jersey from that 2007 team still around the ballpark. Kyle Parker’s game worn jersey.

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Kyle Parker’s game worn, autographed jersey

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Kyle Parker’s game worn, autographed, dirt-stained jersey.

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The jerseys came back at the start of the 2012 season as part of the Bobblehead Series for Opening Day.

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This is how I remember these jerseys are from 1983:
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It seems like people who remember the Appleton Foxes, remember these jerseys most of all.  They are memorable.

Jerseys of the Rattlers:
Throwbacks of 2006

Jerseys of the Rattlers – 2006 Throwbacks

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers have worn many jerseys since 1995.  There have been throwbacks, pinks, camouflage, batting practice, sleeveless, the regular ones that were worn for most games, and a few that you may have forgotten.  This feature is to take a look at those jerseys.

This week, the Throwback Friday jerseys that were worn for Friday home games during the 2006 season.

That was the season Wisconsin wore jerseys just like the 1960 Fox Cities Foxes.

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The blue tint to that photo doesn’t really give the true feeling of those jerseys.

Here’s a photo of Boog Powell in action from the 1960 season:

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The reason that the jerseys of the 1960 Foxes were chosen was because Cal Ripken, Sr., a member of that 1960 team, was inducted into the Appleton Professional Baseball Hall of Fame that season. Please, pardon the vacation slides to show you the Ripken Bobblehead. It’s kind of a long story…

A rearview

Looking at the lake

A front view.

A Canadian baseball scoreboard.

Now that you have a general idea of what the jerseys looked like in 1960. Here’s how some of the players looked in those classic jerseys during the 2006 season.

Eddy Hernandez posed for his baseball card in this photo:

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Robbie Hudson in an action shot. Notice that he is wearing his pant legs up so that you can see the black, gray, & white socks. Old School.

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Marwin Vega makes a pitch:

Pant legs down.  New school.

Pant legs down. New school.

This is also a photo of Vega. I chose this to show off the patch with the FC and the Fox on the left sleeve. He can kind of see it on the left sleeve of Boog Powell in his photo. It’s much clearer in this shot of Vega. (Click on the photo to enlarge the image).  That is attention to detail.

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The 2006 throwback jerseys may be my favorites.  They are a clean, classic look.  Plus, that Foxes patch is pretty neat.

Back next Thursday with a look at another jersey from Timber Rattlers history.

UPDATED: A post to be named later…

The announcement regarding the Brewers Sundays Jerseys for 2011 will be made in about 30 minutes.

It will be made over at the main website, but I will have the images here.

UPDATE: Okay.  The announcement has been made.

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers will be wearing a piece of their parent club’s history – with a local twist – during Sunday games at Time Warner Cable Field this season. In 2011, the Rattlers go back to the era when Hank Aaron and Robin Yount were teammates by wearing jerseys based on the home jerseys of the 1975 Milwaukee Brewers.

The white jerseys with blue and gold trim will have “RATTLERS” written across the chest in the original font of the 1975 Brewers. The team will wear these jerseys as part of Brewers Sundays during the 2011 season.

Here are the images of the jerseys:
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2011 Brewers Sunday Jersey Back.pngFrom Sports Illustrated: This is how those 1975 jerseys looked on Hank Aaron:
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And a few more things

This was covered elsewhere and much earlier, but Jake Odorizzi and Erik Komatsu recently won the Brewers awards for Minor League Pitcher and Minor League Player of the Year.  Odorizzi was a Rattler this year and Komatsu was – briefly due to injuries – a Rattler last year.

We received the DVD of the Odorizzi/Adrian Rosario no-hitter from the Kernels while I was on vacation.  The production crew is working on highlights.  When it is done, there will be a link.

Did you see the results of the Brewers Sunday Jersey Auction?

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