1981 Mariners

All Star(s): OF – Tom Paciorek (1)

Season Roundup: Mariners finished with an overall record of 44-65. There was a mid-season strike and the league decided to break the season in two.  The Mariners finished the first half, 21-36 and for the second half, 23-29. Neither record good enough for a playoff  birth.

On April 25, 1981, Mariners’ manager Maury Wills advised the Kingdome groundskeepers to enlarge the batter’s box by a 12″ in the direction of the pitchers mound. A’s manager Billy Martin noticed the change. Martin showed the umpire that the batter’s box was seven feet long instead of the regulation six. He argued that if the batters were able to move up in the altered box, the it would give the hitter an advantage on curveballs as they could get to the pitches before the curve began its break.  — Wills was suspended for two games and fined $500.

May 30, Arlington, Texas: the Mariners’ are set to take on the Texas Rangers before it was discovered the game uniforms were stolen. The visiting team was forced to wear their batting practice jerseys, Milwaukee Brewers’ caps, and Rangers’ batting helmets. The Mariners purchased the Brewers caps at the Rangers’ team store as the Rangers did not offer Seattle caps for sale.

What the wore: Manufacturers swapped home and road Jerseys this year. Rawlings who last year had the Road Jersey’s now has the Home Whites; and, Wilson who last year had the Home Jersey’s now has the Road Blues. So, 1981 Mariners uniforms saw a complete redesign for both the home and road. We’ll dive in to the new features and how they differed from the old.  First, the home whites…

Home

What has changed: This is first major redesign the Mariners Home and Road. The Crest and Numbers have a new font as well as a new 3 layer, 2 color stack-up in BLUE-GOLD-BLUE. The trim on the collar changes from the blue-yellow-blue and is now a solid Royal Blue. Added too,  the vertical stripes as seen here from the collar to sleeve ends. Rawlings takes over home home Jersey as Manufacturer. The All Star patch, although now the teams primary logo, is no longer worn on the left sleeve. The team does use the star and trident on their ball caps and batting helmets.

Full Description: The Home White is a double-knit V-neck pullover with solid Blue trim on the collar. These feature the beautiful vertical stripes of this era that start at the collar and run down the length of the shoulder to the sleeve ends. On the Crest, the font for the “Mariners” script across the chest is unique to this era and more detail is shown by the three layer BLUE-GOLD-BLUE twill stack-up. The font on the players identifying number is a sans-serif block and is located below the Crest and on the left. The numbers on back are the same, only larger. The Players Name on Back is solid BLUE twill arched and in Block lettering, sewn on a nameplate.

 

Road

What has Changed: Everything. (Wilson takes over as the Manufacturer, The trim, vertical stripes that run the length of the shoulder, the Crest, The font on the numbers, addition of Nameplate) See Full Description for Details, or the Mariners Archive page for side by side comparison. 

Full Description: Wilson takes over as the Manufacturer of the The ’81 road Jerseys. The powder blue double-knit v-neck pullover has a solid Blue trim on the collar. There are Blue and Yellow elastic stripes that run the length of the shoulder from collar to sleeve ends. “Seattle”, in the same font from ’79-80, are horizontally arched across the chest is done in 3 layer Blue and Gold twill fabric. The numbers in front and back, are done in sans-serif Block, are below the Crest and to the left. The name on back, which was sewn on a nameplate, is particularly special this year as it is the only year of this era to be 3 layer blue-yellow-blue. The Mariners would go back to the solid, single color blue next year.

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1981 Mariners Jersey Attributes

AttributesHomeRoad
StylePullover V-neckPullover V-neck
Primary ColorWhiteBlue
MaterialDouble Knit PolyDouble Knit Poly
Piping ColorN/AN/A
Left SleeveN/AN/A
Right SleeveN/AN/A
CrestTriple-sewn-on 2 color tackle twill in blue-gold-blue with blue stitching on the trim. Triple-sewn-on 2 color tackle twill in blue-gold-blue with blue stitching on the trim.
NumbersTriple-sewn-on 2 color tackle twill in blue-gold-blue with blue stitching on the trim. The numbers on front are offset below the crest and to the left in sans-serif block. The numbers on back are displayed in the same font, only much larger. Triple-sewn-on 2 color tackle twill in blue-gold-blue with blue stitching on the trim. The numbers on front are offset below the crest and to the left in sans-serif block. The numbers on back are displayed in the same font, only much larger.
Name on BackSans-serif Block; triple-sewn-on 2 color blue-yellow-blue tackle twill, archedSans-serif Block; triple-sewn-on 2 color blue-yellow-blue tackle twill, arched
ApplicationSewn on NameplateSewn on Nameplate
ManufacturerRawlingsWilson
Wordmark LocationN/AN/A
Mfr Tag LocationFront Left SideBack Inside Collar
Tagging Erac. 1972-1984c. 1980-85
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