MLB Unveils Strategy To Celebrate 150th Anniversary Of First Pro Baseball Team
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 09:19PM in Cincinnati Reds, MLB, MLB, baseball history

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February 12, 2019: It seems as if Yasiel Puig hit town at the right time.

The former Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder, acquired in an off-season trade by the Cincinnati Reds, will be part of the team's and league-wide celebration honoring the 150th anniversary of "the first openly all-salaried professional baseball team — the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings."

MLB teams will wear an MLB 150th Anniversary patch on the right sleeve of their jerseys for the entire season.

In addition, for the first time, a MLB league-wide anniversary will be featured on caps (from New Era) on Opening Day, March 28.

The Reds will wear a special commemorative logo on caps and jerseys in place of the MLB 150 patch.

MLB said that throughout the season, it would “create original content to pay tribute to its history while connecting it to the players and game today.”

A multi-platform campaign will extend across media partners and MLB media including MLB Network, and social media platforms.

"We're excited to recognize the 150th anniversary of professional baseball by honoring our history while celebrating the game and the great players of today," MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said during a media conference unveiling the logo and other plans.

”The MLB 150 patch will be a continuous reminder on the field of the link everyone involved in the game today has with the storied history of professional baseball and MLB."

Among other activation, Manfred will serve as grand marshal for Cincinnati's annual opening day parade to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Red Stockings and also the team’s 100th Findlay Market parade through the city ahead of the March 28 game when the Reds host the Pirates.

MLB said it would support Cincinnati Reds activities, promotions and special events, including 15 throwback uniforms worn throughout the season with their special commemorative logo on caps and jerseys.

MLB said this recognition reflects previous MLB tributes that featured special patches worn all season by clubs in 1969 (100th anniversary) and 1994 (125th anniversary).

The 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings recorded a perfect 57-0 record.

Among its members, George Wright (shortstop) and his brother Harry Wright (OF and team manager) have since been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

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