BY: ED COLE
GLENDALE, Ariz. – Having cool uniforms is all the rage now in sports, so Sun Devil Baseball is rolling with that trend. Along with Adidas, the team introduced a whole new group of uniforms, which will do double duty: According to the team’s press release, the uniforms “mesh the team’s iconic identity with modern uniform technology and style.”
In all, the Sun Devils have five new uniform tops, including three pullovers and two-button ups, and two pants options for the upcoming season. Each of the uniform tops was created to pay tribute to the program’s success from the 1960’s through the 2000’s.
The uniform tops have a maroon top with ‘Devils’ script in gold, two cream tops – one of them with ‘Devils’ block lettering in maroon and one with the interlocking AS, a gray top with ‘Sun Devils’ in Sun Devil Bold, and a gold top with a pitchfork, and gray and cream pants. The team is also bringing back the gold hat to go alongside the traditional maroon counterpart.
Later in the season, the team will unveil a special uniform commemorating an iconic Sun Devil for Life.
The cream tops with the interlocking AS are a variation of the uniforms worn in the latter half of the 1960s under head coach Bobby Winkles. The tops will also honor the team’s championship seasons in 1967 and 1969.
The maroon tops with the gold ‘Devils’ script and the gold tops will take everyone back to the 1970’s and 1980’s, when the program was under the leaderhips of head coach Jim Brock. In that time, the Sun Devils won two national championships and molded Eddie Bane, Barry Bonds, Bob Horner, Ken Landreaux, among many others.
The gray tops with ‘Sun Devils’ in Sun Devil Bold, which will have gold numbers on the front and maroon numbers on the back, are influenced by the team’s uniforms in the 1990’s. That decade saw the program go to consecutive College World Series in 1993-94, a second-place finish in 1998, and greats play, such as Willie Bloomquist, Jacob Cruz, Mike Kelly and Paul Lo Duca.
The cream tops with the ‘Devils’ block lettering in maroon were created with decade of 2000-10 in mind. Pat Murphy and Tim Esmay coached those teams, and took them to four College World Series’, four straight Pac-10 titles, and molded Kole Calhoun, Andre Ethier, Jason Kipnis, Mike Leake, Dustin Pedroia, and many others.