MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Like most of us, the Twins have made quite a few changes to their wardrobe over the years.
From the pinstripes of the ’60s, to the pinstripes of today, and in-between, there’s a favorite of Twins pitcher Casey Fien.
“I’m a big fan of the powder blues,” Fien said.
But like most pitchers, favorite uniforms are decided by superstitions.
“I’m going to go with the home jersey,” Fien said. “The away jersey I’ve given up a couple home runs here and there.”
Lucky for him, there are plenty a lot of options. No one knows that better than Twins curator and life-long fan, Clyde Doepner.
“I’ve seen an awful lot of changes,” he said. “I was at Game 1 in 1961 with my father.”
He remembers #3, Harmon Killebrew, coming out of the dugout in the cream-colored pinstripe. That look returned in 2009.
“The Twins will wear three different home and two different away jerseys this year,” Doepner said.
But he says you also have to count the military uniform worn for Memorial Day and those famous powder blue throwbacks that the Twins wore on the road in the ‘70s and ‘80s.
That’s a total of seven different jerseys this year.
There are also uniform variations that happen during the season, like wearing number 42 in memory of Jackie Robinson. Each Twins player has two of each uniform for obvious reasons.
“Every once in a while, one gets torn or ripped and they go in the clubhouse and get one that’s ready to go,” Doepner said.
He added that the starting pitcher gets to decide which home jersey to wear.
Major League teams began having more uniform options in the late-9’s, as a way to sell more jerseys to fans.