1991 Line Drive Pre-Rookie: An Appreciation, Part 6 – The AA Uniforms of 1991

Today we’ll be concluding our little trip through the 1991 Line Drive Pre-Rookie set by reviewing each AA team’s uniform.  They often aren’t as nice as the AAA uniforms, but

Albany-Colonie Yankees
I sincerely hope that these photos were taken at Spring Training when they didn’t have access to their own minor league uniforms… because wearing the exact uniforms of the parent club is just too boring for me to handle.
1991 Line Drive Pre-Rookie Mike Draper
I want to say I’ve seen Albany-Colonie players from this time with an “AC” logo on their caps, I hope it’s not just wishful thinking.

In case you were wondering, Colonie is a suburb of Albany, the capital of NY State.

Arkansas Travelers (Cardinals)
Plus:  They had their own identity

Minus:  It wasn’t a great identity.
1991 Line Drive Pre-Rookie David Grimes

Birmingham Barons (White Sox)
I kinda like these uniforms because it takes major cues from the White Sox unis of the time, but still goes off in its own direction.
1991 Line Drive Pre-Rookie John Hudek

Canton-Akron Indians
The jerseys and pants are largely the same as the Cleveland uniforms, so I chose a card which gave a decent view of the cap.
1991 Line Drive Pre-Rookie Carlos Martinez

Carolina Mudcats (Pirates)
The Mudcats have been around for over 20 years and still maintain the same logos that they started out with.  From a Minor League standpoint, that’s extremely impressive.
1991 Line Drive Pre-Rookie Greg Sparks

Charlotte Knights (Cubs)
A city as large as Charlotte should have better-looking minor league teams.  This uniform isn’t bad, but I can’t remember one Charlotte Knights uniform that made me say “Hey, they’ve got something there…”
1991 Line Drive Pre-Rookie Ty Griffin

Chattanooga Lookouts (Reds)
My favorite Lookouts logo is the one that has the letter C surrounding two cartoon eyes… That logo doesn’t appear anywhere on this card.  Pity.
1991 Line Drive Pre-Rookie Greg Lonigro

El Paso Diablos (Brewers)
Give the Diablos retroactive credit;  they had their own look which was completely distinct from the parent Brewers.
1991 Line Drive Pre-Rookie Steve Sparks

Greenville Braves
To this day, I don’t think there’s any minor league farm system with uniforms as boring as the Braves.  Richmond Braves, Greenville Braves, Rome Braves, Gwinnett Braves, Mississippi Braves, Danville Braves, Macon Braves, Hooterville Braves, Mayberry Braves, Frostbite Falls Braves, Melonville Braves, Shelbyville Braves, McTropolis Braves, Twin Peaks Braves…
1991 Line Drive Pre-Rookie Pat Gomez

Hagerstown Suns (Orioles)
I still tend to think of the Hagerstown Suns as an Orioles farm team, even though that hasn’t been the case since 1993.
1991 Line Drive Pre-Rookie Joe Durham

Harrisburg Senators (Expos)
Another team which has done a decent (if not particularly memorable) job of establishing their own brand early on.
1991 Line Drive Pre-Rookie Chris Cassels

Huntsville Stars (Athletics)
The Huntsville Stars officially died with the end of past season, unless the new ballpark in Biloxi isn’t finished for opening day, then the team might play some games in Huntsville… but I would guess that they’d still be the Biloxi Whatevers and not the Huntsville Stars.
1991 Line Drive Pre-Rookie Don Peters

Jackson Generals (Astros)
These uniforms are almost really good… But I’m not sure what I’d do to change them.  Maybe lose the red.
1991 Line Drive Pre-Rookie Richie Simon

Jacksonville Suns (Mariners)
It’s kind of interesting how similar the Hagerstown Stars and Jacksonville Suns uniforms are.
1991 Line Drive Pre-Rookie Ted Williams

Knoxville Blue Jays
They couldn’t even bother to work “Knoxville” into the uniforms.  Tsk tsk tsk.
1991 Line Drive Pre-Rookie Ryan Thompson
Ryan Thompson played 9 years in the majors plus one in Japan, but never really established himself as much more than a semi-regular.

London Tigers
The London Tigers get bonus points for at least making an effort.
1991 Line Drive Pre-Rookie John DeSilva

Memphis Chicks (Royals)
The Memphis Chicks uniforms are interesting, but not totally in a good way… Too bad the “M” on the cap isn’t like the “M” on the jersey.
1991 Line Drive Pre-Rookie Terry Taylor

Midland Angels
If you can’t tell, the cap logo is an “M” with a halo set against the outline of the state of Texas.  If this were made during the merchandising era of MiLB, it would not be a league leader.
1991 Line Drive Pre-Rookie Doug Robertson

New Britain Red Sox
…So they took a Boston cap and stuck an “N” on it.  Lovely.
1991 Line Drive Pre-Rookie Michael Beams

Orlando SunRays (Twins)
The Orlando SunRays look like they stepped out of an industrial softball league.
1991 Line Drive Pre-Rookie Bob McCreary

Reading Phillies
It’s interesting how the Reading Phillies have gone from this…
1991 Line Drive Pre-Rookie Bruce Dostal
…to a team which has a fake ostrich named “Rodrigo” as a central part of its branding.

San Antonio Missions (Dodgers)
Blue and Yellow is a criminally underused color combination.  I used to have – or still have, I’m not sure which – a Missions hat just like the one here.  At the time I though it was a great look.  I still like it, but it’s not as classic as I once thought.
1991 Line Drive Pre-Rookie Jody Treadwell

Shreveport Captains (Giants)
Black, red and powder blue?  Okaaaaayyy.
1991 Line Drive Pre-Rookie Steve Reed
The jersey script reminds me of the script used on one of the final Fleer Tradition sets…

Tulsa Drillers (Rangers)
I can’t think of anything to say about the “Dr__illers”.
1991 Line Drive Pre-Rookie Cedric Shaw

Wichita Wranglers (Padres)
Right about now I’m regretting the decision to feature and comment on every uniform in AA.  These are fine… perfectly fine.  I wouldn’t buy a cap or t-shirt, but they got the job done and they weren’t just the “Wichita Padres”.
1991 Line Drive Pre-Rookie Pedro Martinez
Incidentally, this is the “Other” Pedro Martinez.

Williamsport Bills (Mets)
1991 would be the last season for the Williamsport Bills, as the team would move to Binghamton for 1992.  I tried to do a bit of searching to find out just why they were called the “Bills”, but I came up empty… can it be as simple as “Bill” being a nickname for “Williamsport”?
1991 Line Drive Pre-Rookie Aguedo Vasquez

…And so, in conclusion…
That wraps up my overview of the 1991 Line Drive Pre-Rookie set. I’ll be the first to admit that there’s a lot of “filler” in this set; guys who never even sniffed the Majors, a multitude of players in identical poses… but the set does have its charms, and I hope you enjoyed my little tour through the better parts.


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