SAN RAFAEL (CBS SF) — Baseball has never looked like this before — at least, not in the guys’ locker room.

Foregoing the pink hats and cleats often associated with Major League Baseball breast cancer awareness games, the San Rafael Pacifics played Friday in specially-designed dresses. The pink gowns were modeled after the outfits worn by the women of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League, which was the focus of a popular 1992 film starring Gina Davis and Tom Hanks.

According to team management, this made the Pacifics the first men’s professional baseball team ever to play in dresses. The team — founded in 2011 — is not affiliated with a Major League Club, and competes with other North Bay towns in the Pacific Association of Baseball Clubs.

Two of the dresses from Friday’s game, signed by Tom Hanks, were to be raffled off to benefit To Celebrate Life Breast Cancer Foundation.

A few baseball purists don’t like the idea, saying it disrespects the game. But fans we talked to think the dresses will be a big hit.

“I can’t wait to see the guys and their dresses. I think they’ll look great. I think they’ll even play better,” Rebecca Spencer told us.


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