They're not the only team. The San Francisco Giants, for example, don't have player names on their home jerseys.
The Green Bay Packers, following the league's mandate, put player's names on their jerseys beginning with the 1970 season.
The Red Sox home jerseys do not have the player names on them, because it is assumed that all of the fans at Fenway will already know all of the players anyway.
The helmet is solid black with a gold central stripe and small white player numbers on the forehead. Last names were added to the jerseys in 1970, as part of a new NFL mandate resulting from the AFL-NFL merger (the AFL teams had last names on the back of their jerseys). In 1997, the team switched to rounded numbers on the jersey to match the number font (Futura Condensed) on the helmets, and a Steelers logo was added to the left side of the jersey.
It is tradition for them to not wear their names on the backs of their jerseys.
A lot of the older teams that were around 100 years ago don't wear their names on their jerseys, a combination of tradition, and the sentiment that "a true fan will know his player's numbers!"
It tends to be a matter of home team etiquette overcoming blatant commercial advertising of a player's name. Teams like the Red Sox and Dodgers and Yankees (the Red Sox are the only one I can name for sure) don't put the names of the players on the home jerseys, probably because the hometown faithful are expected to know who they are. On the road jerseys, however, their names are listed, as is the case with any teams that have blank home jerseys that I know of. **** Correction. The Yankees do not have their names on their home jerseys OR their away jerseys.
Never StartedThe New York Yankees never put names on their Jerseys.
No they did not. This season, the Canucks are periodically wearing replica jerseys from 1970 to commemorate their 40th year in the league, and they do not have player names on the back.
Currently, 3 teams do not display their players names on the back of their home jerseys. They are the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and San Francisco Giants. The Yankees also do not display their names on their road jerseys.
there are different names for jerseys including bibs, pennies, and other names