|Blake Lalli and Jamie Romak.|
Saturday's promotion was long overdue. For the first time in 23 years, an affiliated Minor League baseball team took the field in Reno with "Silver Sox" stitched on its chest.
When I was five, the Chicago White Sox hosted baseball's first turn-back-the-clock night. And since then, nearly every team (in every sport) wears vintage uniforms. The more authentic, the better. And although Reno didn't get the full flannel treatment, the jerseys were well done.
The original Silver Sox—Reno’s first professional baseball team (and there were a few iterations, mostly at the lower levels)—debuted in 1947 in the old Sunset League as the Class C affiliate of the New York Giants.
According to the Reno Gazette-Journal, the name “Silver Sox” was selected as the result of a contest held in the offseason by franchise owner Dave Carey. Reno’s team had the Silver Sox name from 1947 to 1981 and again from 1988 to 1992. They were the Reno Padres from 1981-87.
The club won championships in 1948, 1960, 1961, 1975 and 1976. And if you recognize the indie years, 2006.
At the bottom of this post, I made a list of some of the best (Dennis Eckersley, Roberto Alomar, John Kruk) and most interesting (Pork Chop Pough, Roy Gleason, Jim Lefebvre) Reno alumns.
|Fans line up for free jerseys|
|Nick Buss and Nick Evans.|
|Al Lazzarone's ceremonial first pitch. Lazzarone played for UNR and against the '48 Sox.|
|Todd Glaesmann and Buss.|
|Jamie Romak rounding the bases after hitting a home run off Forrest Snow.|
I've done a lot of Google on this. Here are some of the notable Silver Sox/Padres: