The Wenatchee AppleSox are paying tribute to the 80th anniversary of the establishment of Minor League Baseball in the Wenatchee Valley, by wearing throwback 1937 Wenatchee Chief uniforms once per three-game series at Paul Thomas Sr. Stadium this year.
The first time the AppleSox will don the new, crisp, whites is Saturday night in the series finale against the Victoria HarbourCats at 7:05 p.m.
The collegiate-summer league (WCL) AppleSox have four uniforms this season, and are wearing the “Chiefs name across their chests once-per-series for the first time in franchise history.
The jerseys will be up for a silent auction on August 3, at the AppleSox regular-season finale against the Corvallis Knights. Fans will be able to bid on the game-worn jerseys, and take home a relic from the 1937 and 2017 baseball seasons in Wenatchee.
The Wenatchee Chiefs were a minor league baseball team that played in the Class B Western International League (1937-1954) and founding member of the Northwest League (1955-65).
The Chiefs utilized Recreation “Rec” Park downtown, and bleacher seat tickets cost only 5 cents for games during the teams’ early years. If you wanted to sit in the grandstand, your ticket was a hefty 40 cents!
The franchise operated for a total of 25 years (the Western International League suspended play for World War II from 1943 through 1945) and was a minor league affiliate for the New York Yankees (1938-40), the Cincinnati Redlegs (1957-58), and the Chicago Cubs (1961-65).
The 1937 replica jerseys were designed by BSN SPORTS.