Turn Ahead the Clock Night

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Turn Ahead the Clock refers to a baseball promotion that was a humorous spin on more commonly seen Turn Back the Clock Night promotional events. Unlike Turn Back the Clock Night, when ballplayers wear vintage uniforms reflecting the history of their franchises, Turn Ahead the Clock Night tried to project what the sport might look like in the future. Players wore "futuristic" uniforms on the field, announcers used ridiculous terms to describe game events and positions, and the like.

TATC "Night" was actually a series of games scattered throughout the 1999 season. Major League Baseball awarded Century 21 Corp. the honor of sponsoring TATC Night.

The following teams declined to participate in TATC Night: Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, Toronto Blue Jays, Montreal Expos.

List of TATC games[edit]

The very first Turn Ahead The Clock game occurred on July 18, 1998 (Kansas City Royals @ Seattle Mariners) (box) as a one-time promotion by the Mariners. Its popularity encouraged MLB to experiment with baseball-wide TATC Night for the 1999 season by designing uniforms for the occasion.

1999 games in which teams wore TATC uniforms:


Further Reading[edit]

  • Michael Clair: "Seattle is turning back the clocks for the 20th anniversary of Turn Ahead the Clock Night", "Cut4", mlb.com, January 25, 2018. [1]