The New York Mets are preparing a slew of changes to mark their 50th anniversary season, including redesigned uniforms, a commemorative logo and a return of Banner Day.
The new patch — shown above — incorporates the basic elements of the original blue and orange skyline logo, which was introduced 50 years ago, with gold accents in celebration of the franchise’s golden anniversary. The logo will be affixed to player jerseys on the left sleeve, replacing the primary logo for the anniversary season, and on the back of blue game caps.
Speaking of uniforms: the Mets will wear new unis based on the original 1962 look. The black dropshadow will be removed from the Mets script logo, letters and numbers. The pinstripe uniform will be the primary home uniform, with the white and black alternate jerseys worn on select dates. The blue cap will be worn with the home pinstripes and white uniforms, and the road grey uniforms. The team will also wear a new blue-and-orange batting practice jersey.
New York Mets 2012 home uniforms.
New York Mets 2012 road uniforms.
The Mets are also reaching into the nostalgia bin with a return of Banner Day to the lineup. Banner Day originally launched in 1963 after fans starting bringing homemade banners to the team’s original home, the Polo Grounds. Fans would make their own banners and be invited to parade them around the field. It was a big deal until the promotion died out in the 1980. Marty Noble has a nice look back at Banner Day for those unacquainted with the promotion.
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