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Great Moments in Uniform Theft History

Jan 22, 2013, 9:52 AM EDT

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Paul Lukas — or rather, a reader of Paul Lukas — has a great find over at Uni Watch. A game from 1977 in which the Royals and Brewers both wore Milwuakee uniforms. Why?

A thief — or thieves — broke into the Royals’ locker room at the Milwaukee ballpark and absconded with 53 Kansas City uniforms, 20 gloves, 10 pairs of baseball shoes, and 15 warmup jackets. All but seven of the Royals were forced to wear the Brewers’ blue road uniforms.

That’s from a news story about it at the time. Lukas has some video stills of the game.  He also has the best point about it: in 1977 that stuff could happen, be briefly noted and forgotten.  Today: it would rule the news and the Internet and everything forever.

If you don’t believe me, just wait until the next Washington Nationals thread when someone inevitably mentions the time when the word “Nationals” was misspelled on that dude’s jersey. People still bring that up years later.

  1. yankeepunk3000 - Jan 22, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    You mean Natinals??? I love that word. I wish that was their real name. A team SHOULD be named NATINALs. . .such a badass name. Think of it guys the Cleavland Natinals or the Seattle Natinals. Gotta love it I sure do

  2. danaking - Jan 22, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    I live near DC, and anytime the team does something inept folks can be expected to refer to them as the Natinals. It’s their alter-nickname that describes the bad old days.

  3. dan1111 - Jan 22, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Also if that happened today, after the game every single one of those Royals would try to get on the Brewers’ bus and hope nobody noticed.

  4. bankboy2012 - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Cool as that is the bigger takeaway for me was that the old This Week in Baseball’s (at least the first season) can be had on DVD.

  5. dluxxx - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Well, not EVERYTHING. I mean who besides me remembers this mihsap? (see what I did there??)

    http://deadspin.com/5916531/the-twins-couldnt-even-give-jeff-manship-a-jersey-with-his-name-spelled-correctly

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