Too Hot in Texas

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Today, we look back 88 years, to a time when the Reds trained in Mineral Wells, Texas. According to Hall of Famer Edd Roush, it was way too hot.  Roush hit .352 in the 1922 season, but only played in 49 games. Maybe he was right about the heat.

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  1. The uniforms probably didn’t help, not exactly ‘breathable’.

    • @BoldOD: Yeah, what were they made of, horse blankets?

      • @preach: Flannel–made from virgin wool or a wool-cotton blend. Teams experimented with satin uniforms for night games in the 30s and 40s, but the trend didn’t catch on. The double-knit unis we have today were first introduced in 1970 by the Pirates, who also introduced the pullover jersey, the same year they opened Three Rivers Stadium. They were cotton-nylon.

        Every team abandoned the button down jersey for the pullover look until 1993, when your Cincinnati Reds brought back button down jerseys.

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