Boston Red Sox jersey history through the years

Boston Red Sox jersey (Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images)
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Boston Red Sox jersey 1972-1978
Boston Red Sox jersey 1972-1978 (Photo by Herb Scharfman/Sports Imagery/Getty Images) /

Boston Red Sox jersey 1972-1978

The 1970s brought a seismic change in the aesthetics of baseball uniforms and the Red Sox were no exception. During this decade, the traditional wool button front jerseys were swapped out for polyester V-neck pullovers and the traditional wool pants with belts were replaced by elastic-waisted belt-less polyester pants. Home uniforms were still white with RED SOX across the front in red letters and road uniforms were grey with BOSTON, also in red letters, across the chest.

The other big change during this period was in 1975 when the caps were changed to red crowns with a navy B and navy brims. While this era of Red Sox uniforms is often cited as a favorite by many (mostly those who grew up during this period and have fond memories of the really good 1970s teams), this is my least favorite period of uniforms the Sox wore.

The Red Sox ditched the V-neck jerseys and elastic waisted pants after 1978, but the majority of teams in the majors held on to them into the early 1990s. I even wore uniforms like this in the mid-to-late 1980s and early 1990s when I played Little League and junior high baseball. I didn’t get to wear real baseball pants and button front jerseys until I played in college.