Meet The Grandfather Of Modern Baseball Pants

Rays first-base coach George Hendrick is one of baseball’s forgotten pioneers — a man whose influence is still being felt nearly 30 years after his revolutionary decision one day in 1979…to pull his pant legs all the way down.

George Hendrick

(It may be mint, but this is ‘88 Topps, so the plastic holder is actually worth more than the card)

These days, nearly every major leaguer has their pant legs pulled down to the tops of their shoes, and some even wear their pants all the way to the ground (like Jose Reyes). Few, however, likely know that Hendrick was the one who decided to turn the notion of the proper uniform on its head.

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