Phillies City Connect

On Friday the Phillies will don their brand new City Connect uniforms for the first time. I am not a huge fan of the uniform color gradient, but the hat is GREAT! The Phillies version is the first in a line of nine Major League Baseball teams that will have a new City Connect uniform this season.

Launched in 2021, the MLB City Connect program aims to celebrate the unique culture and heritage of various cities through special edition uniforms worn by teams during select games. This uniform is based on the blue and yellow from the flag of Philadelphia. This flag has a rich history dating back to the late 19th century. Here’s a brief overview:

  1. Design: The flag of Philadelphia features a blue background with a central coat of arms. The coat of arms consists of several elements, including a ship in full sail on the top, representing Philadelphia’s maritime history and status as a port city. Below the ship is a plow and two sheaves of wheat, symbolizing the city’s agricultural heritage and its role as a center of industry and commerce. The bottom of the coat of arms features three stars, representing Philadelphia’s three founding settlements: Philadelphia, Germantown, and Moyamensing.
  2. Adoption: The flag was officially adopted by the City of Philadelphia in 1895. It was designed by the city’s Director of Public Works, Dr. Henry Christopher McCook, and the city’s Chief Herald, William H. Gerhard.
  3. Significance of Colors: The colors of the flag, blue and gold, are derived from the colors of the city’s coat of arms. Blue symbolizes loyalty and justice, while gold represents the city’s prosperity and wealth.
  4. Usage: The Philadelphia flag is flown at various city buildings, events, and official functions as a symbol of civic pride and identity.
  5. Modifications: Over the years, there have been some minor modifications to the flag’s design and specifications, but the overall symbolism and essence have remained consistent.