Major League teams to wear patch celebrating 150th anniversary of start of pro baseball throughout 2019

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Major League Baseball will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of professional baseball by having players wear a MLB 150 patch on the right sleeve of their jerseys throughout the 2019 season and a patch on their caps on Opening Day, which is March 28.

The Cincinnati Reds Stockings started play as baseball’s first professional team in 1869. Major League Baseball teams also wore special patches in 1969 on the 100th anniversary and in 1994 on the 125th anniversary.

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“We’re excited to recognize the 150th anniversary of professional baseball by honoring our history while celebrating the game and the great players of today,” said Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr., in a press release.  “The MLB 150 patch will be a continuous reminder on the field of the link everyone involved in the game today has with the storied history of professional baseball and MLB.”

In November, the Reds announced a season-long celebration of their 150th birthday. Among the things the Reds are doing:

• The team will use 15 different throwback uniforms to honor franchise history.

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• There will be 20 different 150th anniversary benches, designed to mimic dugout benches, placed around Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

• The Reds Hall of Fame and Museum is being redesigned to show off more historical artifacts.

• There will be a new addition to Great American Ball Park: the 1869 Pavilion in the southwest corner. It will be dedicated May 4 and will honor the original 1869 Red Stockings.

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