Saturday, April 9, 2016

More Memories Of Uniform - Orix Edition

I really did plan to get back to doing these posts faster but it's already been two months since the last one...

The team that is now the Orix Buffaloes began life in 1936 as Hankyu and played their home games at Hankyu Nishinomiya Stadium in Nishinomiya, Hyogo - just west of Osaka and just north of Koshien Stadium.  The team added "Braves" to their name in 1947.  The team was sold to Orix following the 1988 season and renamed the Orix Braves.  In 1991, Orix (despite having promised to stay in Nishinomiya) moved the team to Kobe Sports Park Baseball Stadium in Kobe (which has a corporate name now but I see no compelling reason for me to use it) and renamed the team the Orix Blue Wave.  Following the 2004 season, the team "merged" with the Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes (really they assimilated them into the Orix collective) and the team was renamed the Orix Buffaloes (and moved to Osaka Dome which also has a corporate name that I don't seem any reason to use).

I am not including Kintetsu's uniform history here - I will do that in a separate post.

Once again I am using The History Of Uniform and Professional Baseball Uniforms Encyclopedia 1936-2013 as my primary sources as well as Yakyu Baka's Uniform posts.

1936 Home

1936 Away

1937-40 Home

2012 BBM No-Hitters #10

2012 BBM No-Hitters #04
1937-40 Away

2006 BBM Nostalgic Baseball #061

1940-44 Home

2000 BBM 20th Century Best 9 #004
1940-44 Away

2012 BBM No-Hitters #13
1945-46

2012 BBM No-Hitters #15
1947-49

1947-50 Home

1947-52 Away

1951-54 Home

1951-54 Away

1955-59 Home

2000 BBM 20th Century Best 9 #132

1955-59 Away

2006 BBM Nostalgic Baseball #094

1960-61 Home

1960-61 Away

2009 BBM Hankyu Braves Memorial #37

1962-63 Home

2000 BBM 20th Century Best 9 #250
1962-63 Away

2006 BBM Nostalgic Baseball #104

1963-69 Home

2014 BBM 80th Anniversary Pitchers Edition #24

1963-69 Away

1969-71 Home

2015 BBM Memories Of Uniform #073

1969-71 Away

2014 BBM 80th Anniversary Batters Edition #32
1972-74 Home

2015 BBM Memories Of Uniform #074

1972-74 Away

2011 BBM Legend Of The Bs #38
1975-79 Home

2011 BBM Legend Of The Bs #22

1975-79 Away

1978 Yamakatsu JY6

1980-84 Home

1983 Calbee #481

1980-83 Away

1980 Calbee #282

1984 Away

2015 BBM Memories Of Uniform #075
1984-88 Home

1988 Takara Braves #17

1984-88 Away

2009 BBM Hankyu Braves Memorial #36

1989-90 Home

2015 BBM Memories Of Uniform #076
1989-90 Away
1990 Lotte #34

1991-2000 Home

1999 BBM #452

1991-2000 Away

2015 BBM Memories Of Uniform #077
2001-04 Home

2001 Upper Deck #103

2001-04 Away

2002 BBM 1st Version #289

2005 Home

2005 BBM 1st Version #173

2005 Away

2005 BBM 1st Version #177
2005 Home Alternate

2005 BBM 2nd Version #629

2006-08 Home
2006 BBM 1st Version #125

2006-08 Away

2006 BBM 1st Version #116

2006-10 Home Alternate

2007 BBM 2nd Version #575

2009 Away

2009 BBM 2nd Version #583
2010 Away

2011 BBM Hometown Heroes #143

2010 Bs

2015 BBM Memories Of Uniform #078

2010 Throwback

2011-14 Home

2011 BBM 2nd Version #542
2011-14 Away

2012 BBM 1st Version #097

2011 Hankyu Throwback

2012 BBM Pedigree #16

2011 Kintetsu Throwback

2012 BBM Pedigree #20
2011 Orix Throwback

2011-13 Alternate

2012 Calbee #166
2011 Bs

2012 Hankyu Throwback

2012 Kintetsu Throwback

2012 Red

2013 Bs

2013 Orix Throwback

2013 Front Runner Orix Season Summary #07



2013 Front Runner Orix Season Summary #19


2015 BBM Memories Of Uniform #084

2014-15 Alternate Navy

2014 Calbee #202
2015- Home

2015 BBM 1st Version #049
2015 Away

2015 BBM 2nd Version #CP54


2015 Calbee #175


2015 Calbee #ES-14


2016 BBM The Ballpark Stories #081
2015 Osaka Classic


2016- Away


2016 "Orihime"


Notes:

This is the only team so far that PBUE designates home and away uniforms for anything earlier than 1952 although HOU does not.  I decided to use PBUE's designations.

There are a lot of differences between HOU and PBUE for the uniforms in the late 40's.  I tried to make as much sense of it as I could although ultimately it really didn't matter that much as I didn't have any cards for those uniforms.

Orix has had more alternate and throwback uniforms since 2010 or so than Carter has pills (as my father-in-law used to say).  I have no idea if I've got them all listed or not.

Some of the differences between uniforms are pretty subtle.  The logo on the hat changed between 2005 and 2006 so that's the only real difference in the away and home alternate uniforms.  Hankyu added player names to the back of the uniforms after 1974 - that's the only difference in the home uniforms that I can see.  The away uniforms changed from grey to blue but that change doesn't always show up clearly in the cards of the era.  I also can't tell the difference between the away uniforms used from 1951-54 and 1962-63.  I'm pretty sure that every card I have showing this uniform is from the latter period but I could be wrong.

The 1937-40 uniforms had two different caps - since I had cards showing both for the home uniform I used both of them.

3 comments:

Brady Dicarlo said...

Great post! By the way, do you know who JP is for that one card?

NPB Card Guy said...

JP was Jeremy Powell

Brady Dicarlo said...

Thanks! I'm not sure why he went by JP that year.