The Wenatchee AppleSox (summer collegiate; West Coast League) are going retro and sporting 1937 Wenatchee Chiefs uniforms once per three-game series at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium this year.
The AppleSox will debut the new whites tonight, in a series finale against the Victoria HarbourCats. The collegiate-summer league (WCL) AppleSox have four uniforms this season, and are wearing the “Chiefs” name across their chests once-per-series for the first time in franchise history.
The jerseys will be up for a silent auction on August 3, at the AppleSox regular-season finale against the Corvallis Knights. Fans will be able to bid on the game-worn jerseys, and take home a relic from the 1937 and 2017 baseball seasons in Wenatchee.
The Wenatchee Chiefs were a minor league baseball team that played in the Class B Western International League (1937-1954) and founding member of the Northwest League (1955-65). The franchise operated for a total of 25 years (the Western International League suspended play for World War II from 1943 through 1945) and was a minor league affiliate for the New York Yankees (1938-40), the Cincinnati Redlegs (1957-58), and the Chicago Cubs (1961-65).
The Chiefs utilized Recreation “Rec” Park downtown, and bleacher seat tickets cost only 5 cents for games during the teams’ early years. If you wanted to sit in the grandstand, your ticket was a hefty 40 cents.