Red Sox

 
by Matt Malinoski
Over the years, the Red Sox have had the same basic look, with occasional minor changes. The purpose of this page is to document every change to the lettering on Red Sox regular-season jerseys and caps from the Yawkey era onward. Every year is listed in which a typographical element on the uniform changed. Some uniforms are not covered here, most notably Stars and Stripes, Turn Back/Ahead the Clock, and most other one-day designs. Thanks to Joe Barrie for his information on Devon. Thanks to Robert Martin for suggesting including the 2009 alternate cap. Thanks to Joe Kuras for his info on the 1990 prototype jersey. Thanks to Joel S for his information on the St. Patrick’s jerseys. If you have any corrections or additional information, I’d like to hear from you; please send me an e-mail.
1933 | 1934 | 1935 | 1936 | 1938 | 1946 | 1949 | 1951 | 1952 | 1955 | 1957 | 1958 | 1967 | 1969 | 1972 | 1974 | 1975 | 1979 | 1985 | 1987 | 1989
1990 | 1991 | 1997 | 2000 | 2003 | 2005 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2013 | 2014
 
1933
1933 Home
Jersey Lettering
1933 Home Back
Jersey Numerals
1933 cap
Cap Logo
The 1933 uniforms established the basic look for all future Red Sox teams. The home design featured red block letters with slab serifs, outlined in navy. The “S” overlapped the piping. The felt “B” on the cap was of a square block style, unlike the rounded letterforms on the jerseys.
1933 Road
Jersey Lettering
1933 Road Back
Jersey Numerals
1933 cap
Cap Logo
The 1933 road uniforms were the last to feature the Red Sox name away from Fenway Park.
1934
1934 Home
Jersey Lettering
1933 Home Back
Jersey Numerals
1933 cap
Cap Logo
In 1934, the “SOX” was moved off of the piping.
1934 Road
Jersey Lettering
1934 Road Back
Jersey Numerals
1933 cap
Cap Logo
The 1934 road uniforms displayed the first two letters in “BOSTON” on one side, with the last four on the other. Note the extra serif on the “N”. The button fit inside the top counter of the “S”.
1935
1935 Home
Jersey Lettering
1935 Home Back
Jersey Numerals
1933 cap
Cap Logo
The 1935 home uniforms used the same lettering from 1933 and 1934, but without the navy outline.
1935 Road
Jersey Lettering
1935 Road Back
Jersey Numerals
1933 cap
Cap Logo
The 1935 road uniforms used block lettering, without a red outline, and split up the same way as the previous year. The “S” featured a diagonal spine and slanted terminals. The wordmark was set somewhat low on the jersey.
1935 Road
Jersey Lettering
1935 Road Back
Jersey Numerals
1933 cap
Cap Logo
The block letters were also split up three by three.
1936
1936 Home
Jersey Lettering
1936 Home Back
Jersey Numerals
1936 cap
Cap Logo
In 1936, the navy outline returned to the home jerseys. The letters were changed to a wide Tuscan style. Note the extra spurs on the “S” and “X”. The crotches of the “X” were very close in proximity to each other. The leg on the “R” lacks spurs and is almost vertical. This typeface was used at the same time by the Boston Braves, Brooklyn Dodgers, and Chicago Cubs. The “B” on the cap was also of a Tuscan style. These jerseys were made by Spalding.
1936 Road
Jersey Lettering
1938 Road Back
Jersey Numerals
1936 cap
Cap Logo
The road uniforms used the same style lettering as the home jersey, but with the colors reversed, except for the number on the back, which was solid navy. The “N” also had extra spurs, and had a very thin diagonal stroke. What is most interesting is that the “B” on the road jersey had a half-hypocycloid like the logo of the Brooklyn Dodgers.
1938
1938 Home
Jersey Lettering
1936 Home Back
Jersey Numerals
1936 cap
Cap Logo
In 1938, the lettering on the home uniforms was drastically narrowed, and the spurs were reduced.
1938 Road
Jersey Lettering
1938 Road Back
Jersey Numerals
1936 cap
Cap Logo
The Tuscan lettering was dropped in favor of the familiar navy “BOSTON” block lettering that endured for much of the next fifty years. The letters were a little bit taller than those on the home jerseys.
1946
1938 Home
Jersey Lettering
1936 Home Back
Jersey Numerals
1946 cap
Cap Logo
In 1946, the “B” on the cap was given a white outline.
1946 Road
Jersey Lettering
1938 Road Back
Jersey Numerals
1946 cap
Cap Logo
The Sox widened the “BOSTON” block lettering on the road uniforms. It would closely resemble the lettering on the road uniforms of the eighties.
1946 Home Zipper
Jersey Lettering
1936 Home Back
Jersey Numerals
1946 cap
Cap Logo
1946 Road Zipper
Jersey Lettering
1938 Road Back
Jersey Numerals
1946 cap
Cap Logo
Partway through the season in 1946 through the 1948 season, the Red Sox began wearing jerseys with zippers. The lettering on the road uniforms could be centered since the zipper ran directly down the middle.
1949
1949 Home
Jersey Lettering
1936 Home Back
Jersey Numerals
1946 cap
Cap Logo
In 1949, it was back to buttons, and the outline on the letters was thickened.
1946 Road
Jersey Lettering
1938 Road Back
Jersey Numerals
1946 cap
Cap Logo
1951
1951 Home
Jersey Lettering
1936 Home Back
Jersey Numerals
1946 cap
Cap Logo
In 1951, the lettering was modified by Tim McAuliffe to be a little bit shorter and more round, resulting in the classic typeface that was used for 28 seasons. The wordmark also became less arched.
1938 Road
Jersey Lettering
1938 Road Back
Jersey Numerals
1946 cap
Cap Logo
The Sox returned to the narrow lettering on their road jerseys.
1952
1951 Home
Jersey Lettering
1936 Home Back
Jersey Numerals
1946 cap
Cap Logo
1946 cap
Helmet Logo
The helmets utilized the same felt letter as the cap.
1952 Home
Jersey Lettering
1936 Home Back
Jersey Numerals
1946 cap
Cap Logo
1946 cap
Helmet Logo
For at least one game in either Spring Training or the regular season, the Red Sox used jerseys with a different style of lettering with a reduced number of spurs. The “D” and “O” were somewhat pinched at the top and bottom. The “S” had serifs that were parallel to its baseline, and a curvy spine that ran almost horizontal, with spurs on each end, as opposed to in the middle. The “E” had uniquely styled serifs, and the leg on the “R” was straight.
1938 Road
Jersey Lettering
1938 Road Back
Jersey Numerals
1946 cap
Cap Logo
1955 Helmet
Helmet Logo
1955
1951 Home
Jersey Lettering
1936 Home Back
Jersey Numerals
1955 cap
Cap Logo
1955 Helmet
Helmet Logo
The Sox introduced their first embroidered cap logo in 1955, which was a bit more narrow and thin. The helmet logo by this point was on a decal, and utilized thick and thin strokes, with the lower serif hanging below the baseline.
1938 Road
Jersey Lettering
1938 Road Back
Jersey Numerals
1955 cap
Cap Logo
1955 Helmet
Helmet Logo
1957
1951 Home
Jersey Lettering
1936 Home Back
Jersey Numerals
1957 cap
Cap Logo
1955 Helmet
Helmet Logo
The Sox modified their cap logo in 1957. The serifs on the “B” became shorter, and the counters became more teardrop shaped.
1938 Road
Jersey Lettering
1938 Road Back
Jersey Numerals
1957 cap
Cap Logo
1955 Helmet
Helmet Logo
1958
1951 Home
Jersey Lettering
1936 Home Back
Jersey Numerals
1957 cap
Cap Logo
1955 Helmet
Helmet Logo
1958 Road
Jersey Lettering
1938 Road Back
Jersey Numerals
1957 cap
Cap Logo
1955 Helmet
Helmet Logo
The lettering was slightly altered in 1958. Note the top half and terminal of the “S” are shorter than the bottom half.
1967
1951 Home
Jersey Lettering
1936 Home Back
Jersey Numerals
1967 cap
Cap Logo
1955 Helmet
Helmet Logo
The Sox modified their cap logo again in 1967. The “B” was given thick vertical strokes and thin horizontal strokes, its serifs became more curly, and the counters became less teardrop shaped.
1958 Road
Jersey Lettering
1938 Road Back
Jersey Numerals
1967 cap
Cap Logo
1955 Helmet
Helmet Logo
1969
1968 Home
Jersey Lettering
1936 Home Back
Jersey Numerals
1967 cap
Cap Logo
1955 Helmet
Helmet Logo
1969 Road
Jersey Lettering
1936 Road Back
Jersey Numerals
1967 cap
Cap Logo
1955 Helmet
Helmet Logo
A red outline was added to the road lettering.
1972
1968 Home
Jersey Lettering
1936 Home Back
Jersey Numerals
1967 cap
Cap Logo
1955 Helmet
Helmet Logo
1969 Road
Jersey Lettering
1936 Road Back
Jersey Numerals
1967 cap
Cap Logo
1955 Helmet
Helmet Logo
1972 Home
Jersey Lettering
1936 Home Back
Jersey Numerals
1967 cap
Cap Logo
1955 Helmet
Helmet Logo
1972 Road
Jersey Lettering
1972 Road Back
Jersey Numerals
1967 cap
Cap Logo
1955 Helmet
Helmet Logo
In mid-1972, the Red Sox switched to pullover double-knit jerseys. The space between “RED” and “SOX” was reduced, and the lettering on the road uniforms was changed to match that of the home uniform. Note that the diagonal stroke on the “N” is almost horizontal. Also, the counters in the “B” are wider and more square than the one in the “R”. The “S” was flipped over and the smaller half curled in slightly more. The bottom of the “T” was cut a little shorter than the others.
1974
1972 Home
Jersey Lettering
1936 Home Back
Jersey Numerals
1967 cap
Cap Logo
1974 cap
Cap Logo
1955 Helmet
Helmet Logo
For much of the season, the Sox used a navy cap with a red front panel, utilizing the same “B” as their all-navy counterparts.
1972 Road
Jersey Lettering
1972 Road Back
Jersey Numerals
1967 cap
Cap Logo
1974 cap
Cap Logo
1955 Helmet
Helmet Logo
1975
1972 Home
Jersey Lettering
1936 Home Back
Jersey Numerals
1975 cap
Cap Logo
1975 Helmet
Helmet Logo
1975 Helmet 2
Helmet Logo
The Red Sox began wearing red caps and helmets with navy brims and buttons in 1975, and the “B” was changed from red to navy. It was thickened, and the serifs were shortened a bit. There was a normal-weight version of the helmet logo and a thicker one as well.
1972 Road
Jersey Lettering
1933 Road Back
Jersey Numerals
1974 cap
Cap Logo
1975 Helmet
Helmet Logo
1975 Helmet 2
Helmet Logo
1979
1979 Home
Jersey Lettering
1936 Home Back
Jersey Numerals
1979 cap
Cap Logo
1979 cap 2
Cap Logo
1955 Helmet
Helmet Logo
The Red Sox went back to navy caps and button-down jerseys in 1979, and changed unifom suppliers. Wilson changed the lettering to look more like the Mets’ “NEW YORK” lettering. The forked serifs became a bit looser. The “S” became shorter and more curvy. Note that the upper right serif on the “X” was more narrow than the others. Also, the upper left serif was wider than the others. The “X” was also wider and shorter than the other letters. The Sox changed from KM Pro caps to Devon, who changed the “B” to be of a uniform thickness with exaggerated serifs. Another navy cap with the 1975-78 KM Pro style “B” was used in spring training of 1979. It is currently unknown if it was used during the regular season.
1979 Road
Jersey Lettering
1979 Road Back
Jersey Numerals
1979 cap
Cap Logo
1979 cap 2
Cap Logo
1955 Helmet
Helmet Logo
The road uniforms used the same lettering from the late forties, except that the the numbers on the back were changed to a standard block style. The letters of “BOSTON” were placed in the same configuration as the “RED SOX” lettering.
1985
1979 Home
Jersey Lettering
1936 Home Back
Jersey Numerals
1985 cap
Cap Logo
1955 Helmet
Helmet Logo
1985 Road
Jersey Lettering
1979 Road Back
Jersey Numerals
1985 cap
Cap Logo
1955 Helmet
Helmet Logo
The city name was changed to a two-by-four configuration and thickened. The kerning between the “B”, “O”, and “S” were twice that of the other letters. The serifs on the cap’s “B” were brought back in line with the cap line and baseline.
1987
1979 Home
Jersey Lettering
1936 Home Back
Jersey Numerals
1985 cap
Cap Logo
1955 Helmet
Helmet Logo
1987 Road
Jersey Lettering
1979 Road Back
Jersey Numerals
1985 cap
Cap Logo
1955 Helmet
Helmet Logo
The road uniform lettering was changed back to a three-by-three placement.
1989
1979 Home
Jersey Lettering
1936 Home Back
Jersey Numerals
1985 cap
Cap Logo
1988 cap
Cap Logo
1955 Helmet
Helmet Logo
In 1989, the Sox used Rawlings jerseys on the road. About half of the players wore caps with a thicker and wider “B”.
1987 Road
Jersey Lettering
1979 Road Back
Jersey Numerals
1985 cap
Cap Logo
1988 cap
Cap Logo
1955 Helmet
Helmet Logo
1990
1990 Home
Jersey Lettering
1936 Home Back
Jersey Numerals
1985 cap
Cap Logo
1955 Helmet
Helmet Logo
Wilson thinned down the outline on the home jersey.
1990 Road
Jersey Lettering
1990 Road Back
Jersey Numerals
1985cap
Cap Logo
1955 Helmet
Helmet Logo
The lettering on the road jerseys were made to match that of the home jerseys. Note the “O” on the left was thinner than the one on the right. It was done to compensate for the smaller amount of space on the left side. The “S” was also a little different than the home variety. The lettering closely resembles that of the Angels home jerseys of the 1960s, also manufactured by Rawlings. The home number style was restored and player names were added above the number, in a narrow block style.
1990 Road
Jersey Lettering
1990 Road Back
Jersey Numerals
1985cap
Cap Logo
1955 Helmet
Helmet Logo
Many players wore jerseys that did not have a wide “O”.
1990 Road
Jersey Lettering
1990 Road Back
Jersey Numerals
1985cap
Cap Logo
1955 Helmet
Helmet Logo
The Sox had intended on wearing this design in 1990, but changed it during spring training to the design without the piping. Some players wore this style for at least one game while others wore the newer model.
1991
1989 Home
Jersey Lettering
1936 Home Back
Jersey Numerals
1985 cap
Cap Logo
1955 Helmet
Helmet Logo
1990 Road
Jersey Lettering
1991 Road Back
Jersey Numerals
1985cap
Cap Logo
1955 Helmet
Helmet Logo
Starting in 1991, the player names were sewn on a nameplate on the road jersey.
1990 Road
Jersey Lettering
1990 Road Back
Jersey Numerals
1985cap
Cap Logo
1955 Helmet
Helmet Logo
1990
1989 Home
Jersey Lettering
1936 Home Back
Jersey Numerals
1997 cap
Cap Logo
1997 red cap
Cap Logo
1997 white cap
Cap Logo
1955 Helmet
Helmet Logo
When the embroidery was given a 3-D look, the “B” was thickened. For a handful of home games in 1997, a red cap with blue bill was worn with the “B” in white with a blue outline, and for at least one home game, a white cap with blue bill was worn with the “B” in red with a blue outline.
1990 Road
Jersey Lettering
1990 Road Back
Jersey Numerals
1997 cap
Cap Logo
1955 Helmet
Helmet Logo
1990 Road
Jersey Lettering
1990 Road Back
Jersey Numerals
1997 cap
Cap Logo
1955 Helmet
Helmet Logo
2000
2000 Home
Jersey Lettering
1936 Home Back
Jersey Numerals
1997 cap
Cap Logo
1955 Helmet
Helmet Logo
In 2000, the letters on the home jersey were altered somewhat, fixing the serifs on the “X” and opened up the counters in the “S” and “O”.
1990 Road
Jersey Lettering
1990 Road Back
Jersey Numerals
1997 cap
Cap Logo
1955 Helmet
Helmet Logo
1990 Road
Jersey Lettering
1990 Road Back
Jersey Numerals
1997 cap
Cap Logo
1955 Helmet
Helmet Logo
1990
2000 Home
Jersey Lettering
1936 Home Back
Jersey Numerals
1997 cap
Cap Logo
1955 Helmet
Helmet Logo
2003 Alt
Jersey Lettering
2003 Alt Back
Jersey Numerals
1997 cap
Cap Logo
1955 Helmet
Helmet Logo
In 2003, the Red Sox began wearing their red alternate jerseys with blue and white letters.
1990 Road
Jersey Lettering
1990 Road Back
Jersey Numerals
1997 cap
Cap Logo
1955 Helmet
Helmet Logo
1990 Road
Jersey Lettering
1990 Road Back
Jersey Numerals
1997 cap
Cap Logo
1955 Helmet
Helmet Logo
2005
2000 home
Jersey Lettering
1936 Home Back
Jersey Numerals
1997 cap
Cap Logo
1955 Helmet
Helmet Logo
2005 home Champs
Jersey Lettering
2005 home Champs Back
Jersey Numerals
1997 cap
Cap Logo
1955 Helmet
Helmet Logo
For the first home game of the season and the championship ceremony, the Sox outlined their lettering with gold.
2005 Alt
Jersey Lettering
2003 Alt Back
Jersey Numerals
1997 cap
Cap Logo
1955 Helmet
Helmet Logo
1990 Road
Jersey Lettering
1990 Road Back
Jersey Numerals
1997 cap
Cap Logo
1955 Helmet
Helmet Logo
1990 Road
Jersey Lettering
1990 Road Back
Jersey Numerals
1997 cap
Cap Logo
1955 Helmet
Helmet Logo
2007
2000 home
Jersey Lettering
1936 Home Back
Jersey Numerals
1997 cap
Cap Logo
1955 Helmet
Helmet Logo
2007 St Patricks
Jersey Lettering
2007 St Patricks Back
Jersey Numerals
2007 St Patricks cap
Cap Logo
1955 Helmet
Helmet Logo
On April 20, 2007, the Sox wore their Spring Training St. Patrick’s Day jerseys and caps in honor of Celtics president Red Auerbach, who passed away the previous October.
2005 Alt
Jersey Lettering
2003 Alt Back
Jersey Numerals
1997 cap
Cap Logo
1955 Helmet
Helmet Logo
1990 Road
Jersey Lettering
1990 Road Back
Jersey Numerals
1997 cap
Cap Logo
1955 Helmet
Helmet Logo
1990 Road
Jersey Lettering
1990 Road Back
Jersey Numerals
1997 cap
Cap Logo
1955 Helmet
Helmet Logo
2008
2000 home
Jersey Lettering
1936 Home Back
Jersey Numerals
1997 cap
Cap Logo
2008 Helmet
Helmet Logo
1955 Helmet
Helmet Logo
After winning their second championship in three years, the helmet logo was changed in 2008 to a logo that has been used on merchandise since the 1980s. About half of the players wore this style. The top half is smaller than the bottom. Also, the vertical stroke is thicker than the widest part of the curved strokes.
2007 St Patricks
Jersey Lettering
2007 St Patricks Back
Jersey Numerals
2007 St Patricks cap
Cap Logo
2008 Helmet
Helmet Logo
1955 Helmet
Helmet Logo
On June 20, 2008, the Sox wore their Spring Training St. Patrick’s Day jerseys and caps to celebrate the Celtics’ world championship.
2005 Alt
Jersey Lettering
2003 Alt Back
Jersey Numerals
1997 cap
Cap Logo
2008 Helmet
Helmet Logo
1955 Helmet
Helmet Logo
1990 Road
Jersey Lettering
1990 Road Back
Jersey Numerals
1997 cap
Cap Logo
2008 Helmet
Helmet Logo
1955 Helmet
Helmet Logo
1990 Road
Jersey Lettering
1990 Road Back
Jersey Numerals
1997 cap
Cap Logo
1955 Helmet
Helmet Logo
2009
2000 home
Jersey Lettering
1936 Home Back
Jersey Numerals
1997 cap
Cap Logo
1997 cap
Helmet Logo
2008 St Patricks
Jersey Lettering
2008 St Patricks Back
Jersey Numerals
2007 St Patricks cap
Cap Logo
1997 cap
Helmet Logo
On April 20, 2009, the Sox wore their Spring Training St. Patrick’s Day jerseys and caps for Earth Day.
2009 Alt
Jersey Lettering
2003 Alt Back
Jersey Numerals
2009 Alt cap
Cap Logo (2009 only)
1997 cap
Cap Logo (2010 – )
1997 cap
Helmet Logo
For 2009 only, the Sox wore a cap with the hanging socks logo with a red button with their alternates.
2009 Road
Jersey Lettering
2009 Road Back
Jersey Numerals
1997 cap
Cap Logo
1997 cap
Helmet Logo
The road uniforms underwent a major change for 2009, going back to gray and blue. The road lettering was redesigned. The counters inside the “B” were changed to be less teardrop-shaped, and the “S” from the home jersey was brought over. The wider “O” was done away with as well. The player names were now sewn directly onto the jerseys. For the first time, the helmet logo matched the cap logo.
2009 Road
Jersey Lettering
2009 Road Alt Back
Jersey Numerals
1997 cap
Cap Logo
1997 cap
Helmet Logo
A blue alternate road jersey was created, based on the text on the new road jerseys.
2013
2000 home
Jersey Lettering
1936 Home Back
Jersey Numerals
1997 cap
Cap Logo
1997 cap
Helmet Logo
2013 Marathon
Jersey Lettering
1936 Home Back
Jersey Numerals
1997 cap
Cap Logo
1997 cap
Helmet Logo
The Red Sox wore these special jerseys on April 20, 2013 after a pre-game ceremony honoring the victims of the terrorist attacks at the Boston Marathon earlier that week. The wordmark was red without a blue outline, the first since 1935. The numbers on the back however, did have a blue outline. A “B Strong” patch was affixed above the “O” and “N”.
2009 Alt
Jersey Lettering
2003 Alt Back
Jersey Numerals
1997 cap
Cap Logo
1997 cap
Helmet Logo
2009 Road
Jersey Lettering
2009 Road Back
Jersey Numerals
1997 cap
Cap Logo
1997 cap
Helmet Logo
2009 Road
Jersey Lettering
2009 Road Alt Back
Jersey Numerals
1997 cap
Cap Logo
1997 cap
Helmet Logo
2014
2000 home
Jersey Lettering
1936 Home Back
Jersey Numerals
1997 cap
Cap Logo
1997 cap
Helmet Logo
2005 home Champs
Jersey Lettering
2005 home Champs Back
Jersey Numerals
2014 cap Champs
Cap Logo
1997 cap
Helmet Logo
For opening day and the championship ceremony, the letters and numbers on the jerseys were outlined in gold like in 2005, but this time the “B” was outlined in gold instead of white.
2009 Alt
Jersey Lettering
2003 Alt Back
Jersey Numerals
1997 cap
Cap Logo
1997 cap
Helmet Logo
2014 Road
Jersey Lettering
1990 Road Back
Jersey Numerals
1997 cap
Cap Logo
1997 cap
Helmet Logo
The road jerseys have been changed back to red-on-navy, but in the 2009 lettering style.
2009 Road
Jersey Lettering
2009 Road Alt Back
Jersey Numerals
1997 cap
Cap Logo
1997 cap
Helmet Logo