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    Today's UniWatch Blog posted something that I am now (also) very urious about. A photo of the Dodgers in pinstripes. Tommy Lasorda is shown in the photo, and wearing an "LA" hat- but he never played for the LA Dodgers. Only Brooklyn.

    But- Dodgers in pinstripes?

    Any historians have any idea what this is about?


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    You do know he managed the LA Dodgers from 76-96 right?
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      Pinstripes were fairly common even in the 19th century. Pinstripes were introduced in 1888 and Brooklyn of the AA was one of the 3 big league clubs to wear them. They also wore them in 1889, but dropped the stripes before moving to the NL in 1890.

      The club started wearing them again starting in 1911 and did so nearly every year through 1936.

      Not sure about LaSorda pix - maybe it's a spring training issue.
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      • #4
        Brian and stejay:

        First of all, the whole confusing thing is the Dodgers never had a pinstripe uniform with that Dodgers script. The hat says LA, so that's even stranger.

        That photo can't be from '76 or later. He's far too young.
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        • #5
          LaSorda was also a coach for the LA Dogers under Walter Alston. I'm not sure what year he started on as a coach.

          Maybe the uniform was a test model that didn't make the cut.

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          • #6
            To my point - team pictures are usually taken in spring training.

            Lasorda joined Alston's staff in 1973.

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            • #7
              Maybe this uniform was something that the Dodgers were thinking using after the move to LA. LaSorda was still pitching in the Dodger farm system after the move. Maybe this is Spring Training in 1958 or 1959.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Brian McKenna View Post
                To my point - team pictures are usually taken in spring training.

                Lasorda joined Alston's staff in 1973.
                Lasorda was 46 years old in 1973. However, he joined the LA Dodger's organization in 1961. Who are the other two people in the photo?
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                • #9
                  This is probably not so, but isn't it possible this is a Photo-shop job?
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                  • #10
                    Maybe A Little Lower

                    I was looking at the photo and the age the Tommy looks to be. If this is a legit photo; I would question that it could actually be from the Los Angeles Angels of 1957. The Dodgers had just bought that team during the off season and were making the plans to move there the following season.

                    One MAJOR question mark about this though. I know that he was with the Yankees at some time in 1957 and that may have lasted for the entire season which would blow this all out of the water.

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