OF – Rupert Jones (1)
Season Roundup: This was the Mariners Inaugural Season after losing the Pilots to Milwaukee in 1969 after just 1 year.
What they wore: The Colors chosen for the new team didn’t stray from the Pilots theme of BLUE and GOLD. However, gone were the cotton Flannels and in was Double Knit Polyester the rest of the league had moved to in the 70’s. An interesting note, is that the Mariners Uniform design was similar to that used in Milwaukee. This shouldn’t be surprising as both teams owe their beginnings in design to the Pilots team of 1969 (in my opinion). Neither had abandoned the BLUE and GOLD theme.
These white knit home jersey’s are a traditional V-neck pullover with blue-yellow-blue elastic trim on the collar and sleeve ends. “Mariners” is scripted horizontally and arched across the chest in lower case letters with a trident ‘M’. The players’ identifying numbers, in front, are below the crest and to the left. The numbers in front and back were a unique font to the Mariners, only the ones in back were much larger.
There is somewhat of a dispute whether there were names on the back of the home white this year. There are some photo’s of Jerseys with with 77 tagging with a NOB. But this in itself does not prove there was a NOB as jerseys of this era were often recycled the next year. Names could have been added later. Also too, many of the references to support the idea that there was a name on back of the home 77’s show a vertical arch font, which Mariners never used in any other vintage, including the ’77 road jersey. There is photographic evidence however that there was no name on back on some of the Jersey’s which are included here.
These blue knit buttonless road jerseys are a traditional V-neck pullover with blue-yellow-white elastic trim on the collar and sleeve ends. ‘Seattle’ is scripted horizontally and arched across the chest with the players’ identifying number offset below the crest and to the left. The Crest and numbers, which were only worn in this color pattern in 1977, are a double-sewn-on blue and WHITE tackle twill, with embroidered white trim. The numbers in front and back were a unique font to the Mariners in these early years, although very similar to the Padres in the 80’s. The name on back is blue, arched and direct sewn to the jersey. No name plate used.
1977 Mariners Jersey Attributes
|Style||Pullover V-neck||Pullover V-neck|
|Material||Double Knit Poly||Double Knit Poly|
|Crest||double-sewn-on tackle twill in blue and gold with gold stitching on the trim||double-sewn-on tackle twill blue and white with white stitching on the trim|
|Identifying Player Numbers||double-sewn-on tackle twill in blue and gold with gold stitching on the trim||double-sewn-on tackle twill blue and white with white stitching on the trim|
|Manufacturer||Wilson||Goodman & Sons|
|Jock Tag Location||Back Inside Collar||Front Lower Left|
|Tagging Era||c. 1974-79||c. 1977|