According to Paul Lukas, the Tampa Bay Rays will wear Tampa Smokers throwback uniforms later this season. The Smokers were a minor league team in the Florida State League (1919-1930) and the Florida International League (1946-1954).
This is the second consecutive season that the Rays will feature a throwback uniform for a Tampa-based team. Last year, the Rays wore the uniforms of the Tampa Tarpons. We would like to think that this means nothing. But many fans will take this as a symbolic gesture that the Rays would prefer to be in Tampa.
The Rays also wore Tarpon uniforms in 1999 and 2006. Other “Turn Back the Clock” games have included the uniforms of the St. Pete Saints (2000, 2007), the University of Tampa (2005), the St. Pete Pelicans (2008) and the original Devil Rays (2009).