Wednesday, June 29, 2016

More Memories Of Uniforms - Eagles Edition

Finally a reasonably easy one...

The Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles were born as an expansion team following the 2004 season to take the place of the Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes who had merged with the Orix Blue Wave.  They've had no name changes since then and have kept Sendai as their home city.

My source for this is only the Professional Baseball Uniforms Encyclopedia 1936-2013 as History Of Uniform was published in 2005 and so only has the first uniforms the Eagles wore.   I'm also using the uniform posts at both YakyuBaka and YakyuDB.

2005-10 Home

2006 Konami Baseball Heroes 2 White Edition #B06W076
2005-09 Away

2006 Calbee #138
2006-09 Alternate

2007 Calbee #267
2008 Summer

2009 BBM Back To The 80's #127
2009 Summer

2009 BBM Memory Makers #101
2010- Away

2011 Calbee #OP-06
2010-11 Summer

2015 BBM Memories Of Uniform #137
2011- Home

2013 BBM 2nd Version #609
2011 Spring Camp Home

2011 Spring Camp Away

2011 Summer

2011 Eagle Rainbow

2015 Eagles Team Set #SS1-12

2012 Spring Camp Home

2012 Spring Camp Away

2012 BBM 1st Version #119
2012 Fan Club

2015 Eagles Team Set #SS1-11

2012 Eagle Star

2015 Eagles Team Set #SS1-14
2013 Fan Club

2015 Eagles Team Set #SS1-08
2013 Tohoku Green

2015 BBM Memories Of Uniform #138
2014 Fan Club

2015 Eagles Team Set #SS1-10
2014 Tohoku Green

2015 BBM Memories Of Uniform #140
2015 Tohoku Green

2016 BBM The Ballpark Stories #142
2016 Summer


Obviously the uniform subset from last year's Eagles team set was incredibly helpful in doing this post.

PBUE's listing for the Eagles are a bit confusing.  There's no home uniform for 2011 indicated and there are what look like identical away uniforms listed for "2010-", "2011" and "2012-".  Based on this and this I went with the home uniform for 2011 being the same one that PBUE lists starting in 2012 and the away uniform started in 2010.  The only real change in the home uniform was the font for the number and player name changed and they were made by Descente rather than Mizuno.

PBUE lists the uniform that I've identified as "Summer 2010-11" as only "Summer 2010" but I've seen ample evidence that it was worn in 2011 as well.

The Eagles had special uniforms for both the 2011 and 2012 Spring Camps.  Oddly enough I could only find one card of a player who was definitely wearing one of those uniforms.  It's hard to tell the difference between the 2011 Spring Camp Away uniform and the regular Away uniform so maybe there's a couple guys in the 2011 BBM 1st Version set wearing the Spring Camp uniform but I couldn't tell for sure.  PBUE does not list the 2012 Spring Camp uniforms.

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