I’ve Got my 70s Costume…Do You?!

I’ve always loved a good excuse to dress up in costume. That’s why for
me, throwback day at the ballpark is one of the highlights in the
81-game calendar. Last year, the theme was 1929 in honor of the 80th
anniversary of the Philadelphia Athletics’ 1929 World Series win. We’re talking flapper
costumes for the girls, Model A Fords and a black and white big screen.

Kara in flapper costumeDick in 20s costumeplayers in 20s costume
On top last year’s fantastic costumes and clever details (for example, PA announcer Dick Callahan doing his broadcast from the field — just like teams used to do back in the day!), the team won on a walk-off hit from Mark Ellis. If you don’t recognize those players walking off the field (center photo, above), it’s because they too were wearing throwback uniforms to look like the white and blue of the Philadelphia Athletics.

This Sunday, the A’s are rolling back the clock once again. This time,
the theme is 70s day to commemorate the three World Championship titles the
team earned in 1972, 1973 and 1974. The cool thing about honoring the
70s is that a lot of fans have vivid memories of the “Swingin’ A’s” and
the players from that decade are still alive and healthy. Expect to see a handful of favorite names parading around the stadium and in the stands that night!

Thumbnail image for Kara's 70s outfit #5Thumbnail image for Kara's 70s outfit #2Thumbnail image for Kara's 70s outfit #3Both the A’s and the Pirates will be wearing throwback uniforms from that decade, but for me, finding the perfect outfit for 70s day has not been as simple as picking up a flapper dress for last year. For one thing, there’s a wide range of 70s costumes: disco 70s, sporty 70s, glamorous 70s and of course, hippie 70s. These photos document a recent shopping trip I took to the used and vintage stores along Berkeley’s Telegraph Avenue. Which will I choose? You’re going to have to show up on Saturday to see for yourself. And remember, please come in costume!!

Game Details:
Saturday, June 26, 2010, 7:05
vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates
15,000 fans will receive a replica Joe Rudi jersey

Click here for great ticket deals!

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Photo credit: My friend Sarah, a big A’s fan and expert costume historian.

3 Comments

Go for all of them. Change between innings!

Now Kara, your costume historian seems to have forgotten all about the women’s attire craze of “hot pants.” A’s owner Charles O. Finley was so captivated by this fashion statement that he not only had his two 1970′s ball girls (Mary and Debbie) wear hot pants during day games but also held a “Hot Pants Day” at the Coliseum. It was a one-time event which packed the stadium. The A’s had to push back game time in order to clear the field of all the women participating in the festivities — which included a multi-category “Hot Pants Contest.” I am sure that Mr. Finley, were he still the owner of the A’s, would insist on the hot pants look for June 26th. True to the Finley legacy — which gave Oakland those championship teams in the ’70′s — I cast my vote for green hot pants with a yellow top and, of course, white foot ware. You’d look marvelous!

I wouldn’t “throwback” any of them. I agree with hotra, fashion show!

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