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Giants go retro with alternate uniforms

Giants go retro with alternate uniforms

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Giants' alternate jerseys are back.

Managing general partner Bill Neukom confirmed Wednesday that the team will wear orange tops for every Friday night home game. The front of the jerseys will feature the Giants' familiar block lettering. In the late 1970s and early '80s, the Giants wore orange alternate uniforms bearing the club's script logo.

The orange tops have been available through the club's online store since mid-January. The Giants last wore alternate jerseys in 2002, when they donned black tops for some road games. They hadn't worn alternate jerseys at home since 2001, when they broke out black tops every Friday night.

Neukom also said that the Giants will wear alternate, orange-billed caps for Sunday home games, duplicating a look which the team sported from 1977-82.

The fresh splashes of orange are consistent with the Giants' black socks, which now include three bold horizontal lines near the top. It's actually less of an innovation and more of a "retro" look. The Giants last sported striped socks in 1948, when they played in New York.

Neukom said that displaying the stripes is optional for players.

"It was just a thought, that we might try a more traditional look," Neukom said, pointing out that many players prefer to hike the hems of their uniform pants, which would expose the stripes. "Rather than have it just be solid black, we wanted to try something with some color."

Neukom said that if the striped socks prove popular, longtime equipment manager Mike Murphy should receive the credit for introducing them.

"If nobody likes it, it's my fault," Neukom said cheerfully. "So he and I have an understanding."

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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