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The Long and Short of Baseball Fashions

April 2, 1950, Hollywood Stars
Photograph by Phil Bath / Los Angeles Times

WELL, FANCY THIS! – Portland Beaver Manager Bill Sweeney’s reaction to Hollywood’s Fred Haney’s “new look” was expressed with sweet peas and a curtsey.

April 2, 1950: How could The Times write such a long story about short pants?

The Hollywood Stars unveiled new uniforms that unveiled their knees and it was big news. Manager Fred Haney said it was his idea so players would be quicker although he admitted "a little sex appeal might be just what baseball needs."

This team was based in Hollywood, after all.

The Stars insisted their new uniforms were not an elaborate April Fools' Day joke. There was some concern that the shorts were illegal but The Times' Al Wolf said league president Pants Rowland had approved.

Who else but a man named Pants, after all, would be qualified to make such a decision.

--Keith Thursby

April 2, 1950, Hollywood Stars

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