San Rafael Pacifics to wear women’s unis to honor breast cancer survivors (pic)
San Rafael Pacifics to don pink AAGPBL women’s uniforms to honor breast-cancer survivors: http://t.co/LGd9PTEFf9 pic.twitter.com/NVOVkY3PpK
— Ballpark Digest (@ballparkdigest) June 20, 2014
In one of the more interesting — and worthwhile — forays into the concept of alternate uniforms, the San Rafael Pacifics, an independent baseball team that plays in the Pacific Association, will don women’s uniforms inspired by the 1992 film, “A League of Their Own.”
What that means is that the Pacifics apparently will be the first professional men’s baseball team to don a dress as a uniform.
But even though the uniforms look a bit silly, it is all for a good cause, as it is all being done to pay tribute to and honor breast cancer survivors as well as raise money for charity.
The team will wear the jerseys for a June 27 game and intend to auction the jerseys with all proceeds going to “To Celebrate Life Breast Cancer Foundation,” a breast cancer foundation run and operated entirely by volunteers.
Two of the dress uniforms in particular are sure to draw significant interest and likely will raise a decent chunk of change, as both are autographed by none other than Tom Hanks. The Academy Award-winning actor portrayed Rockford Peaches manager Jimmy Dugan in the 1992 film that was a fictional portrayal of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League.
All in all, a very novel alternate jersey promotion made even better by the fact that the dresses should raise much-needed funds for a worthwhile charity, not to mention bring awareness to both breast cancer and those who have survived it.
As Dugan said in the film, “There’s no crying in baseball,” but maybe there will be a few teary-eyed fans in the stands as folks remember those who may not have made it and recognize that the team is doing its part to raise awareness and funds while honoring survivors.
[H/T Balkpark Digest, via Big League Stew]