At 9:30 a.m. on June 12, 1977, Jim Ksicinski arrived at Milwaukee County Stadium and went to prepare the visiting team’s clubhouse for that afternoon’s baseball game. It would be the second in a three-game series between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Kansas City Royals, and the Brewers already had a win in the bag. Business as usual.
But when Ksicinski inserted his key into the lock, he knew something was wrong. The key wasn’t turning and he realized the door had already been unlocked.
“Then I pushed the door open, it was open, and I immediately saw that there were no jerseys,” he said. Recount The Associated Press. “It was very careful work. Each chair was in front of each locker, as we left them yesterday.
Only seven jerseys escaped the heist: that of pitcher Jim Colborn, which the burglar (s) had not spotted, and six that Ksicinski had brought home to wash after the previous game. The other 53 jerseys had been slipped, along with 20 gloves, 15 warm-up vests and 10 pairs of crampons.
Instead of making the Royals trot in t-shirts, team equipment manager Al Zych suggested they borrow the Brewers road uniforms. Not only did the light blue jerseys contrast quite well with the Brewers ‘white jerseys, they were also basically the same shade as the Royals’ stolen kits. And since the two teams have faced each other often, they “looked more at the faces than the uniforms” anyway, like Brewers pitcher Jerry Augustine Recount MLB.com.
For spectators and scorers, on the other hand, the dress change probably turned out to be a bit disorienting, especially since three players wore number five: Brewer Jamie Quirk, Royal Hal McRae wearing Quirk and Royal’s road jersey. George Brett. Like the other players whose uniforms had not been stolen, Brett was allowed to wear his own.
“I’ve heard funny stories, like you can’t tell the players [apart] without dashboard or with a ”, Colborn Recount The New York Times.
For all the jokes between the two teams that day, the Brewers had the final say: they beat the Royals 4-0.