As part of the continuing, season-long celebration of 100 years of Wrigley Field, the Chicago Cubs will be wearing 1929 throwback uniforms Sunday night. For the 7:05 P.M. Central time game, which will be televised nationally by ESPN, the visitors will be the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Cardinals will also get into the spirit, donning their own version of their 1929 road togs, though not made in scratchy and heavy wool like the originals. Then again, if the Chicago spring evening is cool, they may wish they were wearing the old material instead of the modern constructed ones. High Socks Sunday, already recognized informally by a group of Cardinals players every week, should be the order of the night for all.
While the excellent Major League Baseball uniform database sponsored by the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Dressed to the Nines – A History of the Baseball Uniform, has a sketch of the 1929 Cardinals uni, we can go one better here at The Cardinal Nation blog.
The following is a close-up photo of one of the actual jerseys to be worn by the Redbirds players and coaches Sunday night.
For the record, in 1929, St. Louis was the defending National League champion, just as is the current edition of the Cardinals. Future Hall of Famer Billy Southworth was given his first shot at managing the club, but was sacked after an 11-game losing streak in July. The Cards did not crash as badly as the stock market, but finished a disappointing 78-74, fourth place in the NL.
The Cardinals starting rotation included Jesse “Pop” Haines, Bill Sherdel, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Clarence Mitchell and Wild Bill Hallahan. The most common starting eight consisted of Jimmie Wilson, catcher; Jim Bottomley, 1B; Frankie Frisch, 2B; Andy High, 3B; Charlie Gelbert, SS; Chick Hafey, LF; Taylor Douthit, CF and Ernie Orsatti, RF. Haines, Alexander, Bottomley, Frisch and Hafey are also enshrined in Cooperstown.
The Cubs? Well, 1929 was selected for a good reason. The Baby Bears won 98 games and the NL title. Like the Cards the year before, they fell in the World Series, however, but of course you would have known that already.