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The jersey of Alex Rodriguez of the New

The jersey of Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees is seen against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium on July 22, 2010. (Credit: Getty Images / Nick Laham)

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New York Yankees jersey, cap and logo history

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When did the Yankees' logo become what it is today? When did the team adopt its pinstripes?

Learn more about the Yankees' legendary uniform and impress the fans at the next game.

The Yankees debuted their first pinstripe uniform during

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The uniforms once had a darker stripe

The Yankees debuted their first pinstripe uniform during their final season at Hilltop Park in Washington Heights in 1912. Unlike today's navy pinstripes, these ones were black. The pinstripes only lasted one season, and the Yankees ditched them for 1913 and 1914. They brought them back in 1915, and they have remained there ever since.

The Yankees went through several different cap designs,

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There were many before the historic cap

The Yankees went through several different cap designs, including two-tone caps and caps with various combinations of pinstripes and interlocking "NY" logos, in the franchise's early years. They finally settled on the current version of the cap -- navy blue with the white interlocking "NY" logo -- in 1922.

The Yankees have never had player names on

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Team spirit above the individual players

The Yankees have never had player names on the back of any jersey, unlike most other MLB teams.

In an interesting twist, the most famous Yankee

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Babe Ruth never wore the logo on his jersey

In an interesting twist, the most famous Yankee never wore the team's most famous logo on his jersey. Babe Ruth joined the Yankees in 1920 -- three years after the Yankees removed the logo from the jersey -- and played for them until 1934. His departure from the Yankees was two years before they brought the logo back to the jersey.

The famous interlocking

The logo has a connection to Tiffany's

The famous interlocking "NY" logo predates the Yankees. It first was designed by Tiffany and Co. as part of a Medal of Valor for John McDowell, an NYPD officer who was shot in the line of duty in 1877.

Up until 1904, the New York Highlanders (the

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The N and Y used to be separate

Up until 1904, the New York Highlanders (the Yankees' predecessor) had a separate "N" and "Y" on each breast portion of their jerseys. In 1905, they adopted an interlocking version of the logo, though the letters intersected in a different part than both the current logo and the Medal of Valor. The design was scrapped after that season, and for the next three seasons, the Highlanders reverted to their old logo.

In 1909, Highlanders part-owner Bill Devery -- a

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When the interlocking logo came back

In 1909, Highlanders part-owner Bill Devery -- a former NYC police chief -- decided to bring the interlocking logo back. At first, it appeared on the left sleeve of the jersey and the cap. Then, in 1912, the logo moved to the left breast. (That home jersey also was the first to feature pinstripes, but more on that later.) The logo stayed there for five years. It then was removed from the jersey in 1917 in favor of a pinstripes-only home look until 1936. It remained on the cap during that timespan, however. Aside from a few minor changes to the pinstripe boldness, the overall jersey has remained unchanged since then.

Despite being the most popular team to wear

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The Yanks weren't the first to wear pinstripes

Despite being the most popular team to wear pinstripes, the Yankees were not the first to do so. That would be the Chicago Cubs, who had them on their road uniforms in 1907.

With the retirement of Derek Jeter's No. 2

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Derek Jeter's retirement was the end of the dynasty

With the retirement of Derek Jeter's No. 2 in 2015, the Yankees became the only team with no single-digit uniform numbers left.

The Yankees often are credited with being the

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Why numbers were added to jerseys

The Yankees often are credited with being the first team to make numbers a permanent part of the uniform (though several teams experimented with them as far back as 1916). They actually were the second, and it's all thanks to Mother Nature. In 1929, the Yankees and the Cleveland Indians both opened their seasons on April 16, and both planned on starting the season with numbers on the back of their jerseys. However, the Yankees were rained out, while the Indians played, thus giving Cleveland the distinction of being the first team to wear numbers permanently on the back of their jerseys.

At first, numbers were given out based on

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There's a methodology to the numerology

At first, numbers were given out based on a player's position in the batting order. So, for instance, Lou Gehrig wore No. 4 because he was the fourth batter in the lineup. Nowadays, there is no system to number assignment.

The Yankees cap has become one of the

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The cap is a favored crown

The Yankees cap has become one of the more notable pieces of headware in pop culture. Among the celebrities who have been spotted wearing one: Justin Bieber, LeBron James, Nelson Mandela, Tom Brady and Jay Z (whose hit song "Empire State of Mind" features the line "I made the Yankee hat more famous than a Yankee can").