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Saturday, December 26, 2020

The weirdest baseball uniforms ever worn

Dodgers - Satin blue

Sky blue? Check. Satin? You better believe it. As night games came into vogue in the 1940s and ‘50s, a few teams wanted their players to look positively reflective under the stadium lights (makes me think more bicyclists should be wearing satin).

None did it better than the Dodgers. Honestly, Elton John would have looked good in these numbers.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 26, 2020 at 12:32 PM | 18 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. John DiFool2 Posted: December 26, 2020 at 12:55 PM (#5996033)
The White Sox's shorts have to be near the top of any such list.
   2. Rennie's Tenet Posted: December 26, 2020 at 01:12 PM (#5996035)
I think there used to be some entertainment at night games where they'd turn out the lights and performers would play with a luminous ball?
   3. Mayor Blomberg Posted: December 26, 2020 at 01:44 PM (#5996038)
I would have expected that Sox uni -- the shorts and fake collar -- to be atop, even alone on, that list. In fact, there are a lot of uniforms on that list that are very nice. It's also interesting to see the small tweaks in the retro takes on some of the uniforms, e.g. the brighter orange for the Orioles' remix.

The Giants' purple plaid should make a comeback as flannel pajamas.
   4. Captain Joe Bivens, Elderly Northeastern Jew Posted: December 26, 2020 at 02:16 PM (#5996042)
Those look comfy.
   5. Howie Menckel Posted: December 26, 2020 at 02:23 PM (#5996043)
all of the "Turn Ahead The Clock" unis from the late 1990s

argh, the Pirates

Barry Bonds

https://twitter.com/BarroldBonds/status/439253200713945088/photo/1

and of course, most bizarrely of all - the Mercury Mets!

https://www.mlb.com/news/featured/mercury-mets-inside-story
   6. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: December 26, 2020 at 05:35 PM (#5996054)
I've heard of satin baseball jackets, but uniforms...?!
   7. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: December 26, 2020 at 05:57 PM (#5996057)
I actually have the mercury sign from that Mets uni tattooed on my upper right arm, though obviously for different reasons.
   8. Walt Davis Posted: December 26, 2020 at 05:57 PM (#5996058)
I never knew about the 1882 color by position idea. Odd they didn't strike upon the idea of numbers or letters. They have positional numbering in rugby (at least Union) though Wiki tells me this wasn't universally standardized until 1967. In baseball, this would be the day's SP wearing #1, catcher #2, etc. regardless of who was starting. (Subs get their own number, relievers wouldn't wear #1.) That would obviously require keeping a lot of #1 jerseya around ... and no retired numbers. I wonder if DH would be 0, 10 or D. (I suppose a sub for the DH would have to wear the DH number though, can't go around mistaking the DH for a fielder.)

Anyway, the A's unis were cool. I think they added a white jersey (with green or gold sleeves?) to that mix but I might be wrong about that. As a kid I quite liked the early 70s Braves unis (white and blue A's-ish style mix with a mid-late 70s O's-style hat in white and blue.) A google of their 1972 uniforms will shoe you what I'm talking about or of course Aaron was wearing a variant when he hit 715. (The uni might go back farther but that's when I remember first seeing it and thinking it cool.)
   9. Howie Menckel Posted: December 26, 2020 at 06:28 PM (#5996064)
were the White Sox shorts really that "weird" though?

a lot of other words for them, but that's not a word I'd pick
   10. Howie Menckel Posted: December 26, 2020 at 07:08 PM (#5996070)
upon further review, maybe I would since the fact that they wore them in MLB - rather than the uni itself - was kinda weird.
   11. Adam Starblind Posted: December 26, 2020 at 07:12 PM (#5996071)
Talking about the late 70s-early 80s Pirates unis without mentioning the ridiculous flat-top hats?
   12. Mayor Blomberg Posted: December 26, 2020 at 07:39 PM (#5996074)
ridiculous flat-top hats?

Love 'em, but they really do require a serious mustache.
   13. depletion Posted: December 26, 2020 at 08:44 PM (#5996076)
I vote for the Giants' purple window pane. Close second is the Phillies' Dark Red. I don't consider those "weird" just compelling and cool. No mention of the reasonably weird Houston Colt45's, or the fairly hideous orange and yellow Astro-ware that has been around through the years (images).
   14. salvomania Posted: December 26, 2020 at 09:20 PM (#5996079)
Talking about the late 70s-early 80s Pirates unis without mentioning the ridiculous flat-top hats?

Several NL teams wore the flat-tops in 1976, to honor the 100th anniversary of the National League. Then the Pirates liked them so much they kept them for another several years.
   15. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: December 27, 2020 at 09:39 PM (#5996177)
The truth is that changes to the great traditional uniforms that were worn in the pre-expansion era** can only lead downhill. The rest of the teams are still searching for the right look, and may never find it.

** Yankees, White Sox, Red Sox, Orioles, Tigers, Dodgers, Cardinals, Phillies, and Braves, plus the Mets from the early expansion years
   16. Astroenteritis Posted: December 28, 2020 at 12:11 PM (#5996232)
Those satin jerseys would be perfect for bowling.
   17. Zach Posted: December 29, 2020 at 07:51 PM (#5996494)
The Phillies' dark red is not bad, to tell you the truth.
   18. cHiEf iMpaCt oFfiCEr JE Posted: December 31, 2020 at 05:14 AM (#5996859)
Those satin jerseys would be perfect for bowling.
Chuck McGill could have worn them to HHM client meetings.

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