On June 30, the Rays will play their annual Turn Back the Clock game with a twist. This time they will be wearing retro “Tampa Bay Rays” uniforms designed to portray what the team might have looked like if they existed in 1979.
Here is that uniform…
Well, that is very blue and very 1970s. It looks a lot like the 1970s San Diego Padres, if the Padres were blue.
Also, notice that the jersey says “Tampa Bay” across the chest, something not seen on any of the other Rays jerseys. And let’s hope the players don’t wear black leather dress belts when the uniforms debut on the field.
Finally, it is difficult to see, but the patch on the left sleeve is the seal of the City of St. Pete as it looked in 1979.