MINNEAPOLIS -- The Royals sported a different look for the night portion of Saturday's day-night doubleheader: replica uniforms of the 1951 Kansas City Blues, once the city's Minor League franchise and affiliate of the New York Yankees.
On the sleeve is an imposing patch noting "Golden Jubilee," in honor of the American Association's 50th anniversary that year.
It's in collaboration with the Twins, clad in the uniforms of the 1951 Minneapolis Millers for a salute to the city's longtime club that was once home to the likes of Willie Mays, Ted Williams and Carl Yastrzemski. In fact, Mays and fellow Hall of Famer Hoyt Wilhelm played on the '51 Millers team.
The '51 Blues included a young center fielder named Mickey Mantle, sent down in July by the Yankees after a disappointing start. He wore No. 20 and was so upset by the demotion, he considered quitting the game until his father, Mutt, gruffly challenged him. Mantle stayed, hit .361 in 40 games and got back with the Yankees permanently.
The road uniforms were gray with dark blue "Kansas City" on the front and numerals on the back and dark blue caps. Other notable members of the '51 Blues were Bob Cerv, Jackie Jensen and Clint Courtney.