Thursday morning on “Wake Up Wenatchee Valley” on NCW Life, the Wenatchee AppleSox unveiled new on-field gear for the 2019 season. The Sox will have new home jerseys for their 20th season as well as stars-and-stripes hats.
The jerseys were created by BSN Sports and the hats by New Era. AppleSox assistant general manager Allie Schank was actively involved in the design process for both products.
For the jerseys, Schank wanted to intertwine classic parts of previous AppleSox uniforms with slight modifications to create a simple, clean look.
“We wanted to connect popular elements of our older jerseys while also implementing new features,” Schank said. “I’d seen piping on previous home jerseys, but never red. I really liked the way it popped and I think it will make our players stand out even more.”
Another element that was brought back with the new home jerseys was the script AppleSox logo, first seen on the team’s original blue and red jerseys that were the only jerseys worn by the AppleSox until a white jersey was added in 2007.
The script logo has only been used on a white AppleSox home jersey twice before, 2009 and 2014, the teams’ 10th and 15th anniversary seasons, respectively. Similar to those two previous anniversary jerseys, the AppleSox season anniversary patch is on the left sleeve.
The 20th-season jerseys will serve as the team’s primary home jerseys for the 2019 season, replacing the previous whites with the club’s “diamond” logo on the left patch. Those jerseys can be purchased by visiting the team’s office on 610 N Mission St in Wenatchee. The 20th-season jerseys will be auctioned off following the 2019 season.
The stars-and-stripes hats will similarly have the script “Sox” logo like the all-blue hats worn last season and the previously released all-red hats revealed earlier this offseason. With one new hat already added to the on-field attire repertoire, Schank wanted another special one to commemorate one of the AppleSox series of the season: the Fourth of July series.
“Each year, our games surrounding the Fourth of July are packed with fans,” Schank said. “Fireworks night is everyone’s favorite promotion of the season and baseball and America go hand-in-hand.”
The hats, similar to the new home jerseys, are primarily white, but incorporate the team’s other two primary colors of red and blue plenty to create a patriotic homage.
Schank, a Georgia native, drew inspiration for the hat design from one of her hometown teams.
“As an Atlanta Braves fan, I’ve seen them play one of their division rivals, the Washington Nationals, a lot,” Schank said. “Plenty of major league teams wear stars-and-stripes caps, but I seemed to constantly see those Nationals jerseys with the stars and stripes on their logo. The stars really stood out to me, so we applied them to our specials hats for this season.”
The stars-and-stripes caps will be worn each night of the AppleSox’ July 2-4 series against the Kelowna Falcons. The teams’ 2019 Fireworks Night, presented by Numerica Credit Union, is scheduled for July 3.
The AppleSox red and blue on-field hats, in addition to other fitted and adjustable styles by New Era, are on sale at the team’s office on 610 N Mission St in Wenatchee. The stars-and-stripes hats will go on sale starting July 1.
Fans will have the opportunity to see the new jerseys and hats for themselves on March 4 at the AppleSox Hot Stove Party at Abby’s Legendary Pizza from 5:30-7 p.m. Secure your spot today by calling 509-665-6900.
The 20th season in Wenatchee AppleSox history begins on June 4. Season tickets run as low as $115 and can be purchased today at the team’s aforementioned office location.