The Pittsburgh Pirates today unveiled new throwback uniforms accented with tobacco stains to honor former stars who played in an era before chewing tobacco was prohibited.

The vintage jerseys recreate the details of the older uniforms, from the stitching and coloring to the sticky blotches that were standard in an age when many players used, chewed and drooled smokeless tobacco. Chew is prohibited in many dugouts this year due to city-wide bans.


“These throwback uni’s are extremely popular with our fans and a great way to pay tribute to players from an earlier, cruder era,” Pirates president Frank Coonelly said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the Pirates’ opponent, the St. Louis Cardinals, took the field Sunday wearing vintage 1990s uniforms that smell of cigarettes, to match an era when indoor smoking was commonplace.

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