The Pittsburgh Pirates are the latest team to be chosen to wear Nike City Connect jerseys, and they unveiled their new uniforms on Thursday.
The Pirates will wear the City Connect uniforms for the first time on Tuesday, June 27 against the San Diego Padres at PNC Park.
The uniforms features gold hats and a gold jersey with black pants as well as several other design elements.
The design takes elements from the city’s steel industry, its three rivers and the checkerboard found Pittsburgh’s flag, and transforms them into something new — a custom, geometric graphic across the top of the jersey.
The “PGH” chest graphic references the technical abbreviation of design/ data systems of the future, features a structural font, and is arched similarly to the city’s bridges. Each letter also contains a texture found on the brilliantly engineered Roberto Clemente Bridge. The iconic Pirates “P” on the sleeve sits on a generative image of a baseball.
“We bleed black and gold” above the “jocktag” stresses just how deep the relationship between this club and city really is, inspiring the next generation of local athletes.
“We believe this uniform collaboration with Nike represents what being from Pittsburgh is all about,” said Travis Williams, Pirates President. “From a distance, a Pittsburgher is strong, sturdy, quiet, friendly and never showy or overstated. However, get to know someone from the city and you learn that there’s more to them than meets the eye, but you would never guess until you get close to them.
“Pittsburghers are made in the detail, so is this jersey. It pays homage to the uniforms in the 70s, yet when you get close, there is more to it than meets the eye,” added Williams. “We are excited to share in this celebration of our great city with our fans beginning June 27.”
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No matter how much we’ve evolved, what’s in our blood has always been true.
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— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) June 22, 2023