ATLANTA — Hank Aaron recognized the look. Just not the feel.
The Atlanta Braves unveiled a new alternate home uniform Monday that is based on the attire worn when the team moved from Milwaukee in 1966, with Aaron as its biggest star.
“It’s a beautiful uniform,” he said during a ceremony held at Turner Field in the 755 Club, named for Aaron’s career home run total. “And it’s not wool. Those first uniforms were wool.”
The cream-colored uniforms feature the customary Braves script across the front, but without the tomahawk that is below the nickname on the regular home white jerseys. There is a patch on the arms with two crisscrossing tomahawks and
the year “1876” – when the franchise was founded in Boston.
Chipper Jones, Dan Uggla and Brian McCann were on hand to model the uniforms.
“I love it,” said Jones, the team’s third baseman and longest-serving active player. “You have to keep things fresh. Everyone gets excited when they break out something new.”
The new uniforms will be worn during weekend games at Turner Field. The alternate red jersey that had been worn on Sundays since 2005 will now be used for Friday night games in Atlanta. The regular home whites will be reserved for games Monday through Thursday.
During the ceremony, Jones sat next to Aaron, who broke Babe Ruth’s home run record in 1974 and held the mark for three decades until surpassed by Barry Bonds.
“This harkens back to the days when my man here was terrorizing the big leagues,” Jones said, pointing at a smiling Aaron. “It’s a classic look.”
Though modeled after the 1966 design, the uniform contains one subtle difference that will be apparent to fans: the patch on the arm replaces the “screaming warrior” that was deemed racist by some Indian groups and was dropped by the team in the 1980s.