The calendars are being rolled back in Detroit, as the Pistons honor their teams of the late 1970's and early 1980's by wearing retro "lightning bolt" era uniforms against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, Jan. 26 (7:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV). The Pistons are wearing the uniforms occasionally this season, taking part in NBA Hardwood Classics Nights.

Take a look back at some of the uniforms the Pistons have worn since moving to Detroit in 1957.

New Home in Motown
The Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons -- named after owner Fred Zollner's piston-making business -- moved to Detroit's Olympia Stadium in 1957. That first season, George Yardley would lead the league in scoring and became the first NBA player to total more than 2,000 points in a single season. The team's logo that first season was an animated character built entirely from the automotive component.
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Lanier On The Block
Detroit's uniform would remain largely unchanged for two decades, featuring "Pistons" in blue block lettering. Bob Lanier displays an alteration that he wore for a stretch of his 10 seasons in Detroit. Another variation featured "Pistons" written in script. The logo was changed to a simple basketball design that would remain through several versions until 1996.
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Struck By Lightning
The Pistons became "ReVITALEized" during the 1978-79 season behind the unbridled enthusiasm of new head coach Dick Vitale; the record-setting crowds at their new home for the next decade, the Pontiac Silverdome; and the lightning bolt theme of the their new gear. Vitale would last little more than one season in Detroit. As for the uniforms, they didn't make it much longer.
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Back To Basics
In 1981, the lightning gave way to clear, blue skies ... and jerseys. The Pistons returned to the simple block lettering that would remain mostly undisturbed through 1996. Isiah Thomas and Co. would go on to win two NBA Championships wearing the classic red, white and blue threads.
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On the Road with Red
Detroit welcomed immediate star and fan favorite Grant Hill in 1994. Hill and teammates wore an alternate red jersey on the road, in addition to the home white and road blue uniforms, during parts of 1995.
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A Modern Look
In keeping up with the latest fashion trends, the Pistons changed their team colors to teal, black, yellow and red during the summer of 1996. The horse's head and flaming mane, worn here by Joe Dumars, represented "horse power," holding consistent with Detroit's automotive theme.
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Turn Back The Colors
Detroit returned to its championship colors in 2001. During the announcement Pistons President Joe Dumars said, "The colors red, white and blue are synonymous with greatness in this organization." Ben Wallace, Rip Hamilton and the Pistons would achieve "greatness" again only three years later.
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HARDWOOD CLASSICS
PISTONS RETRO SCHEDULE
Jan. 26 vs. Denver Nuggets
Mar. 6 at Sacramento Kings
Mar. 9 vs. Golden State Warriors
Mar. 30 vs. Sacramento Kings
Apr. 6 vs. Washington Wizards
Apr. 13 vs. Orlando Magic
PISTONS RETRO GEAR
PISTONS LOGOS

1957-58

1958-63

1963-66

1966-72

1972-78

1978-81

1978-96

1996-2001

2001-Present