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Oregon Baseball And Nike Unveil New Uniforms
Release Date: 11/05/2008
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EUGENE, Ore. The University of Oregon and Nike unveiled the 2009 Oregon baseball uniforms at a press conference today inside the Autzen Stadium Endzone Terrace Room.

The Ducks are returning to the diamond in 2009 for the first time in 28 years, led by head coach George Horton.

The new uniforms epitomize the tradition of Oregon baseball, but also reflect the innovation that Nike and the University of Oregon are known for. Like uniforms for other Oregon sports programs, the Ducks new baseball uniforms are designed for performance as well as style, with the ultimate goal to remove any distractions so an athlete can perform to its full potential.

“Nike is excited that baseball is back at the University of Oregon and honored to design these unique uniforms for the baseball team,” said Todd Van Horne, Nike Inc.’s Creative Director. “Nike is proud to continue supporting the University of Oregon and their athletics program.”

The weight of the new uniforms are 33% lighter than a traditional baseball uniform, feature customized tailoring specifically for baseball players and positions, and also the latest technology for warming, cooling and drying.

The baseball uniform is fitted and the stretch fabric eliminates bulk on the athlete. Also, to enhance mobility, Nike incorporated freedom of movement in both the shoulders and knees of the uniform.

“I would like to thank Nike for being able to create an incredible functional and aesthetically pleasing uniform,” Horton said. “Nike really hit a grand slam. We are very excited to wear these uniforms and represent this great University.”

The uniforms are now available at most retailers including The Duck Store and Nike retail stores.

A close look at the gray pinstripe reveals that the pinstripes are made with the words of the Oregon fight song.

The jerseys also use a unique “Ducks” script created by Nike for the Oregon baseball program.

Prior to the start of Saturday’s football game with Stanford, the Oregon baseball team will be available in the Moshofsky Center beginning at 10 .am., for a meet-and-greet and autograph session with fans. In addition, there will also be games for kids as fans get their first up-close look at the new uniforms.

The Oregon baseball team will also be introduced to the Autzen crowd during the football game on Saturday.

The University of Oregon reinstated baseball in July of 2007 and that fall hired College World Series championship skipper and two-time National Coach of the Year George Horton.

Recently the 2008-09 Oregon baseball recruiting class received two top-10 honors by collegiate baseball publications.

The Ducks received the No. 2 ranking in the nation by Collegiate Baseball’s annual evaluation in September, and were ranked 10th in the nation by Baseball America’s evaluation of NCAA Division I baseball classes in October.

The Ducks will play their first game in 28 years on Friday, Feb. 20 at Saint Mary’s. Oregon will then christen PK Park, hosting defending College World Series champion Fresno State on Friday, Feb. 27 in Eugene.

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