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Dodgers' alternate road jerseys to debut in Australia, will feature team name

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The Dodgers announced today that team will wear alternate road jerseys in 2014.

The front on the uniform will feature "Dodgers", as it did for 29 years starting in 1970.

Only “Los Angeles” has appeared on the front of the jerseys since 1998.

“Because we are equally proud of our iconic brand name and the city we represent and with the number of Dodger fans across the country, we felt it important to have two sets of road jerseys to feature both the team name, as well as Los Angeles,” said Lon Rosen, the Dodgers’ Executive Vice-President & Chief Marketing Officer. “This will begin when we start play in spring training and we plan to wear the 'Dodgers' jersey when we open the regular season in Australia on March 22.”

After the 1957 season in Brooklyn, the franchise moved to Los Angeles. The first season on the West Coast featured a road jersey with the team’s name across the front.

The next year the team’s road uniforms featured the city’s name. The jerseys stayed that way until 1969.

The following year Hall of Fame Dodger owner Walter O’Malley turned over the organization’s presidency to his son Peter. The younger O’Malley returned "Dodgers" to the road jerseys. It remained that way until O’Malley sold the team to Ruppert Murdoch and News Corporation before the 1998 season.

At that point, “Dodgers” was dropped from uniforms in favor of the city’s name.

In 2014, the team will have the both uniforms available for road contests.

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