All Stars(s): OF – Bruce Bochte (1)
In the 3rd year of the franchise the Mariners would again finish near the bottom of the division. However this year the local team would be host to the 1979 All Star game at the King Dome. As for the Jerseys worn this year, there was no change except for the addition of the All Star Patch worn on the left sleeve of the Home White and Road Blues.
Before the season began, the Mariners would add some notable names to the lineup. One addition via free agency was Willy Horton who would go on to hit .279 with 29 HRs and a career-high 106 RBIs. He was later named ‘AL’s Outstanding Designated Hitter’. He would retire the following year.
Another acquisition was Short Stop Mario Mendoza, who would go on to hit .198 for the season. Mendoza, who was a sharp fielder but struggled to hit his weight, had said he was often heckled by teammates who had coined the term “Mendoza Line”, in reference to his .200 avg.
What has changed: Not much. However, Seattle was host to the 1979 All Star game and to commemorate the event, the Mariners wore the all star patch on the left sleeve. The patch was a white star with blue trim embroidery and a trident in the center. (enlarged photo below)
Full Description: As described in last years page, 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. The Name on Back, in Block Lettering, was arched and sewn on a nameplate. Added for the ’79 and 1980 seasons were the All Star patch to the left sleeve.
What has changed: The Road Blues also included the All Star Patch and the Jock Tag appears to have been moved from the right side to the left. There were no other changes.
Full Description:The road jersey is a powder blue knit v-neck pullover with yellow-white-blue elastic trim on the collar. The elastic trim on the sleeve ends was more ornate with yellow, blue and white (see photo for details). “Seattle” is scripted horizontally arched across the chest. The players’ identifying number are offset below the crest and to the left. The numbers on back display the same font and color stackup as the numbers on the front. The name on back is sewn directly to the jersey in solid blue. The All Star patch, as shown below, is found on the left sleeve. The Rawlings jock tag placement is on the lower left.
All Star Patch, Left Sleeve
1979 Mariners Jersey Attributes
|Style||Pullover V-neck||Pullover V-neck|
|Material||Double Knit Poly||Double Knit Poly|
|Left Sleeve||All Star Patch||All Star Patch|
|Crest||double-sewn-on tackle twill in blue and gold with yellow stitching trim||double-sewn-on tackle twill in blue and gold with yellow stitching trim|
|Numbers||double-sewn-on blue and gold tackle twill in with yellow stitching trim in special Mariners Font||double-sewn-on blue and gold tackle twill in with yellow stitching trim in special Mariners Font|
|Name On Back||Block, single color blue tackle twill; traditional arch||Block, single color blue tackle twill; traditional arch|
|Application||Sewn on Nameplate||Sewn on Jersey|
|Jock Tag Location||Back Inside Collar||Front Lower Left|
|Tagging Era||c. 1974-79||c. 1972-1984|