What were you doing back in 1968? Were you watching the White Sox? Were you working? In school? Not even born yet?
In 1968, the White Sox were playing at White Sox Park (we know it as Comiskey Park) and County Stadium. The team finished in ninth place out of the ten American League teams.
Also in 1968, the Athletics played their first season in Oakland after a move from Kansas City. In 1967, the KC Athletics finished in last place in the AL. And, in 1968, the Oakland Athletics finished sixth in the AL.
On Tuesday night, the A’s and the Sox will celebrate the A’s big move to the West Coast by wearing some really cool throwback uniforms. The Sox will wear baby blue uniforms with a bold Chicago in the classic baseball font across the chest. Chicago will be in dark blue and so will the numbers and names on the back.
The A’s uniforms will be home-team white with the green and yellow Oakland in all caps. The sleeveless jerseys will have the green and yellow piping. Both jerseys have buttons on the front. The A’s jersey will be for sale at the stadium as a t-shirt. According to the Oakland A’s Twitter, the tees will feature the number 68 on the back.
Both teams will have special caps for the night, too. The Sox cap will be dark blue with white SOX on the front. The A’s cap will be green with a white A on the front. These throwback jerseys will look fantastic on the field.
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To make the night even more special, the Oakland Athletics are giving away free tickets to the game. They are also giving fans the opportunity to park for free. If fans want a hotdog, beer, or other concessions at the Oakland Coliseum, they will have to pay. On other game days, tickets range in price from $15 to $250. The typical parking rate at O.Co is $30.
It should be a nice opportunity for the White Sox to play in front of a big crowd in warm weather. After a rough loss on Monday night, the Sox should also be a bit more competitive against the big crowd and good night of sleep.
In 1968, the Sox and A’s faced off 18 times. The Sox took 10 of the 18 games. The Sox scored 49 runs and the A’s scored 48 that year. Hopefully, the Sox can get the 2018 season going with a big win against the big crowd.