Colonials Unveil Vintage Unis for “Turn Back the Century Season”

PRESS RELEASE – The Pittsfield Colonials of the Can-Am League announced on Friday that the club will wear turn-of-the-20th-century “vintage” baseball uniforms for the 2010 season.

The club’s home uniforms will feature the club’s red, white and navy colors with a three-fourths lace placket front, a popular shirt style in the 1880s through the early 1900s, and “P-C” letters in an antique font. The gray road uniforms will sport full button fronts with collars, also popular in the early 1900s, and “Pittsfield” across the chest in an antique font. Uniform pants for the club, managed by former Boston Red Sox slugger Brian Daubach, will be string-tie knickers.

The uniforms were designed and made by Colonials’ general manager Greg Martin‘s Vintage Base Ball Factory, a 19th–century baseball sporting goods company that has outfitted more than two dozen minor league teams and Division I colleges for special throwback games.

“The retro uniforms work perfectly for our organization’s approach of recognizing the rich baseball history of Pittsfield and Wahconah Park,” said Martin. “Early fan feedback on the uniforms has been great, and hopefully we can also become a road attraction for other league clubs.”

Pittsfield’s baseball history includes the 1791 Bylaw Document discovery prohibiting baseball to be played on the city commons grounds, the earliest reference of baseball in North America. In 1859, the first intercollegiate baseball game was played in Pittsfield between Amherst and Williams Colleges. In 1892, baseball was first played at the Wahconah Park site. Since then, a variety of clubs at all levels of baseball have called the park home.

Daubach and the Colonials start their 2010 home schedule on Monday, May 31 against the New Jersey Jackals at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are available at the team office at 2 South Street in Pittsfield, or by calling the Colonials’ office at (413) 236-2961.

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