The reigning PCL Champion El Paso Chihuahuas took to Twitter on Tuesday to announce a fresh new look for their upcoming season:
El Paso will be donning a retro look as the 1987 El Paso Diablos, bringing red-pinstripes and a simple text cap back from 30 years ago. The jersey and cap are true to the 1987 Diablos, down to the classic font sharing space with the number and the Diablos wordmark being the only feature on the cap.
The 1987 El Paso Diablos were a AA affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. A quick dig into Baseball Reference doesn’t reveal anything terribly specific about the team; they went 75-59 (1st in the West division of the Texas League) and featured a handful of players who would make it into The Show. Ernie Riles is probably the biggest name on the roster, having made a career with the Giants and Brewers in the late 80s. Former Padre Dan Murphy also played for the ‘87 El Paso team and made it to the Padres in 1989, putting up a rather unimpressive 5.68 ERA in 6.1 innings. A former Friar by the name of Gary Sheffield played for the Diablos the following year and a few notable players make the alumni list, including Randy Johnson, Carlos Quentin, Dan Uggla and actor Kurt Russell.
T-shirts featuring the Diablos logo are already in-stock at the Chihuahuas Team Store; hats and jerseys are slated to land later in March. You know I’ll be waiting for the hat to drop.