The Seattle Mariners and St. Louis Cardinals will Turn Back the Clock to a year when both teams were playing on artificial turf, Alvin Davis was the American League Rookie of the Year and "The Wizard" dazzled fans at shortstop.
On Saturday, June 25, Mariners and Cardinals players will wear replicas of their 1984 uniforms. The Mariners will sport the Trident "M" logo and the Cardinals will wear baby blue. Both jerseys feature the then-popular V-neck pullover style.
The first 20,000 fans through the gates on June 25 will receive a royal blue and white retro Mariners cap with a stylized Trident "M" logo.
Safeco Field will have a decidedly "Kingdome feel" with music from the early 80s, digital scoreboards will be programmed to look like old fashioned incandescent light boards, and the hydro race's HD graphics will be replaced with the sail boat races from DiamondVision. Fans are encouraged to wear their best 80s attire and there will be prizes for the best-dressed. Actor Tom Skerritt, a longtime Seattle area resident, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Back in 1984, the Mariners played in the Kingdome and the Cardinals were at the old Busch Stadium, both Astroturf fields, a surface that future Hall of Fame manager Whitey Herzog used to his advantage by assembling a team built for speed. Led by Lonnie Smith (50 stolen bases), Willie McGee (43 steals) and future Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith (35 steals), they stole 220 bases in 1984, far and away the most in MLB.
The 1984 Mariners had two products from the farm system that made a big impact. Both Alvin Davis (first base) and Mark Langston (starting pitcher) spent 1983 at the Double A level at Chattanooga. In 1984, Alvin was the American League Rookie of the Year (27 HR, 116 RBI) and good friend Langston was the Rookie Pitcher of the Year (17-10 and league-leading 204 strikeouts).
The two outstanding rookies joined Spike Owen, Jim Presley, Dave Henderson, Phil Bradley, Matt Young, Mike Moore and Ed Vande Berg as mainstays on the Mariners roster. Also playing parts of the 1984 season at the Big League level were future Mariners mainstays Dave Valle, Harold Reynolds, Ivan Calderon and Darnell Coles.
Here are some of the things were happening in Seattle and the world back in 1984:
- Construction of the Columbia Tower, Seattle's tallest building;
- Dedication of the West Seattle Bridge;
- Everett tire fire;
- Concord supersonic jet's first visit to Seattle;
- NCAA Final Four at the Kingdome;
- Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles;
- Space Shuttle's maiden flight;
- Union Carbide gas leak in Bhopal, India;
- My Little Pony and Care Bears were all the rage;
- Michael Jackson released the album Thriller;
- Bob Geldoff founded international super group Band Aid to benefit Ethiopian famine relief;
- Ghostbusters topped the box office.