The Evolution of the San Francisco Giants Jersey

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More than any team in the history of sports, no franchise has had as much success in two different locations as the National League’s Giants.

As a franchise, the Giants have eight World Series titles and 23 NL pennants – a record.

Success in NY: 5 World Series Championships and 14 league pennants

Success in San Francisco: 3 World Series Championships and 6 league pennants

In the late 1950s, Giants management sought options to replace the legendary Polo Grounds. The team was approached by the San Francisco mayor, eventually negotiating a deal.

The Giants played in San Francisco for the first time in 1958. To honor the New York Giants, the newly created Mets adopted their orange color, as they did the blue of the departed Brooklyn Dodgers, when they began their club a year later.

Despite playing their games an entire coast apart, the Giants uniforms remained largely the same. Like many of the old-time original ball clubs, history can hold more weight than fashion.

But unlike an unwavering adherence to tradition like their one-time crosstown rival Yankees, the Giants have updated their look through the years, while keeping the logos true to form. They have generally elicited popular reviews for their on-field attire.

Plus, the team has plenty of excitement for fans to cheer about outside of the uniforms.

Fans get to marvel at the daily feats of engineering and imagination floating in McCovey Cove, waiting for a home run ball. They got to witness Barry Bonds break all the home run and walk records. They got to see a man so good he was walked intentionally with the bases loaded. And as a kicker, they are the franchise with the most Hall of Famers as former players.

And recently, with uncanny late-season pitching dominance, great defense, and a bunch of spare parts and pitchers that can hit, the Giants have won three World Series since 2010.

A tip from the Giants – if the uniforms ain’t broke, don’t fix ’em.

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San Francisco Giants WinCraft 12″ x 30″ Premium Pennant

Logo History

1958–1967: The first logo in San Francisco features “Giants” spelled diagonally in script over a white baseball with orange trim.

1968–1972: The baseball becomes a light shade of orange.

1973–1982: The orange shading becomes darker.

1983–1993: They opt for a similar color pattern; the team redesigns the logo with “Giants” written in a bold, featuring noncursive black font with orange trim. The name is placed over a white baseball with a black outline.

1994–1999: The logo remains largely the same, but the font is modified with a more block-like display.

2000–Present: The spacing between letters changes slightly, and the baseball looks like it is rubbed in dirt a bit, with some shading on the perimeter.

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San Francisco Giants Lapel Pin – Orange

Notable Uniform Changes

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1958: The team’s original uniform features a solid button-down jersey with orange trim. The city name and team name is displayed on the road and home uniform respectively. The design was largely retained from the team’s previous New York location.

1977: The Giants make a style switch from a button-down jersey to a pullover style. The team also implements new fonts, and player numbers are added to the left midsection of the jersey. The road uniform is modified from traditional gray to a colorful orange with the city name and matching orange stockings.    

1980: The city name on the orange road uniform is replaced by the team name.

1983: The team returns to a classic button-down style jersey with a new block font used for “Giants”. The numbers are removed from the front of the uniform as well.

1986: The team opts for new road uniforms in the 1980s, placing the emblem from the cap on the left chest.

1994: Jerseys that mirror the modern uniform appear. The jersey features the team name across the chest in black font with orange trim and no piping.

1999: The Giants unveil bold, futuristic uniforms for the MLB’s “Turn Ahead the Clock” promotion.

2000: The Giants incorporate modern accents to the font, and remove player names from the back of the uniforms. The jersey color goes from white to cream, a nod to various historic jerseys, and the collar receives a black and orange piping. Additionally, the road uniforms feature the city name, instead of the monogram logo.

2002: A black alternate uniform is unveiled with orange piping and the city letters logo on the left breast. The players also rock a traditional black cap with the signature “SF” letters in orange.

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2010: The Giants unveil orange uniforms with classic block lettering and no number on the front.

2012: Players wear 1912 throwback uniforms with pinstripes and a monogram “NY” on the left sleeve.

2014: A new orange alternate uniform is released with classic ’70s-style lettering instead of the bold and block font that the previous jersey used. The left midsection number returns.

2016: The Giants wear the traditional home and away uniform combinations with the team name at home and city name on the road.

Looking Back to Look Forward

The San Francisco Giants have nine numbers retired in their history, in addition to two “NY”s retired, for New York Giants players Christy Mathewson and John McGraw, who played without numbers:

No.3 – Bill Terry

No.4 – Mel Ott

No.11 – Carl Hubbell

No.20 – Monte Irvin

No.24 – Willie Mays

No.27 – Juan Marichal

No.30 – Orlando Cepeda

No.36 – Gaylord Perry

No.44 – Willie McCovey

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Orlando Cepeda San Francisco Giants Uniframe by Photo File

Given the championships during the past few years with players that few would consider Hall of Famers, an opportunity exists presently to honor the core involved in the recent string of success. Names like Madison Bumgarner, Tim Lincecum, and Pablo Sandoval.

As for the uniforms themselves deviating too much from their classic look? Maybe by the time someone breaks the Bonds home run record.

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