2013 Gopher Baseball: The Story Behind the Poster

Jan. 29, 2013

This year's Gopher Baseball poster features 10 uniforms throughout the program's 125 years of history. With the help of Gopher equipment manager John Blackshear, Gopher Athletics reached out to Minnesota alum and sports memorabilia enthusiast, Rich Ellis. As a collector, Ellis owns over 125 Gopher baseball jerseys and allowed Gopher Athletics to borrow these to signify its rich tradition and history.

Worn by Gopher seniors and a few of the red-shirt juniors, this year's poster has uniforms dating back to the 1950's through today. Kyle O'Shea wore the oldest uniform (Ken Yackel's from 1956), while Billy Soule sported the 1964 national championship look. JT Canakes is wearing the Dave Winfield uniform era, while Kevin Kray is wearing the banana suit from the Paul Molitor tenure (late 1970s). One similar to the banana suit will also be worn this year for the opening of the new Siebert Field.

Minnesota will have four uniform tops this season as Troy Larson is featured in the Gophers' home white. The Gophers will open up the 2013 campaign this weekend as it hosts the Pro Alumni Game, Saturday, Feb. 3 at 3 p.m. Minnesota opens the regular season at No. 12 UCLA, Feb. 15-17.

Ryan Abrahamson (wearing late 1990s)
Kevin Kray (wearing late 70s-early 80s)
Drew Ghelfi (wearing late 80s)
Andy Henkemeyer (wearing late 60s)
Billy Soule (wearing early-mid 60s)
JT Canakes (wearing early 70s)
David Bettenburg (wearing 80s)
Kyle O'Shea (wearing mid-late 50s)
Troy Larson (Minnesota's current home white)
Kurt Schlangen (wearing early 2000s)