The Seattle Mariners are turning back the clock to the 1950s in tribute to the old Pacific Coast League teams of the era. On Saturday, May 26, when the Mariners take on the Los Angeles Angels, the Mariners will sport classic Seattle Rainiers uniforms and the Angels will wear Pacific Coast League Angels uniforms from 1955.
Game time is 4:15pm (FOX broadcast). The first 20,000 fans through the gates will receive a commemorative poster featuring Brandon League, Miguel Olivo, Brendan Ryan and Jason Vargas channeling their inner greaser, dressed in their 50s best, courtesy of Seattle Magazine.
The ceremonial first pitch for the game will be delivered by 95-year old Eddie Carnett, one of the oldest surviving members of the Seattle Rainiers. Carnett was what one might call versatile. He was an outfielder, first baseman and pitcher. He was also a player/manager for six seasons in the minor leagues.
Carnett, known as Lefty, had a 19-year professional baseball career from 1935-1955. He played for 20 teams, including three cups of coffee with the Major Leagues with the Boston Braves (1941), Chicago White Sox (1944) and Cleveland Indians (1945).
Carnett had three stints with the Rainiers, 1942-1943 and 1946. Prior to joining the Rainiers, Carnett was a member of the 1938 pennant-winning Pacific Coast League Los Angeles Angels, where he pitched against Fred Hutchison, the ace of the first-year Rainiers staff. During his years in the minors, Carnett was a career .314 hitter. He also went 129-102 as a pitcher with a 4.03ERA. He was a career .268 hitter in his three stints in the Majors.
Carnett now lives with his wife Marilee in Ringling, OK.