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T3: Worst Baseball Uniforms

Watching the last Mariners game against Kansas City something caught my eye. Those cheesy powder blue alternate uniforms. Some people are fans of it, I’m not but it got me to thinking about some of the crazy uniforms I’ve seen in photos or archival footage… Visions of those pitiful Pittsburgh Pirates hats of the seventies come to mind. So for a larf, I assembled in my eyes the worst baseball uniforms to ever grace the diamond. It’s tough narrowing down a hundred something years but if anything these will tickle your fancy.

10. Baltimore Orioles – 1971
Had trouble precisely pinpointing when and for how long these were worn. At least for the 1971 season where the Orioles kicked some major ass. Led by sluggers Frank Robinson and Boog Powell, all star third baseman Brooks Robinson and four pitchers who won 20 games, they went 101-57! All while wearing flashy prison jumpsuits.

9. Pittsburgh Pirates – 1902
A good team at the time, I mean this was the era of Honus Wagner after all, but can you believed they actually wore this? It’d be a pretty standard uniform for the time if it wasn’t for those bizarre sleeves. Blue and Pink? It’s like some kind of candy cane nightmare, or as I prefer to call them “Waldo sleeves” in honor of everyone’s favorite misguided tourist.

8. Cleveland Indians – 1970s
It’s hard to find a photo that truly captures the crapiness of the 70s tribe but trust me, they were none too good. Seriously though, this has to be the ugliest shade of red I’ve ever seen, sometimes it looks magenta. This isn’t a great example pic but the font is as well a cluttered mess, most of the alternates were equally lame. I don’t know who Frank Duffy is but I’m honored to have him on this list.

7. Chicago White Sox – 1982-1986
Who designed these a little kid? It’s so just so uninspired and bland. It’s amazing that it took the Sox so long to settle on their sweet Black and White design. They’ve easily had the worst history of uniforms… And if you look down a little further, I think you’ll find they can even do worse than this.

6. San Diego Padres – 2008-Present
How did I not know about these? I mean these are being worn to this day?!? Starting in 2008, the Padres donned these camouflage catastrophes to honor the troops. I’m all for supporting our troops but am I the only one who finds this to be in poor taste? The Padres have had a history of terrible uniforms but this one reigns supreme. The Padres aren’t bad they’ve just gone AWOL.

5. Chicago White Sox – 1925
Lucky to find a modern pic of this infamously bad uniform. Worn for road games in 1925 it looks like a train conductor’s pajamas. “All aboard for the dream train!” Poor White Sox, they just couldn’t get it right. Though it’s nice to see they have a good enough sense of humor to wear em again for a “Turn Back the Clock” night.

4. Houston Astros – 1975-1993
When they weren’t exploring strange new worlds the Houston Astros were a baseball team. Really the only way I can describe this is the equivalent to what you might see on a campy 70s sci-fi show. Known as the “Rainbow Guts” uniform this was made possible by the advent of synthetic fabrics and utilized to take advantage of color television. Worn from 1975 all the way up to 1993! These uniforms have quite a legacy and are an ever popular choice on “Turn Back the Clock” games, actually I think this one might just be so bad that it’s good.

3. New York Giants – 1916
The black and white photos just don’t do it justice, so here I opted for this illustration. It’s hard representing some of the early uniforms as pictures are sparse but I just had to find a way to acknowledge this plaid nightmare. Can you believe the legendary John McGraw coached a team wearing these vomit inducing uniforms? I hear they did better the next season, I wonder why.

2. Pittsburgh Pirates – 1970s
: If it isn’t bad enough to be dressed like a bumblebee, how about we put a pot on your head? How else could you describe the infamous caps the Pirates donned throughout the seventies? The teams spandex pants were pretty embarrassing but I don’t think anything haunts my dreams more than those hats.

1. Chicago White Sox – 1976
: Who wears short shorts? They wear short, shorts. It’s dumbfounding that this goofy garb was actually worn by a team of pro athletes but on August 8, 1976 it happened. Worn for only a single game (the first of a two header) against Kansas City this has gone down as one of the most embarrassing moments in White Sox history. On the brightside the Sox actually won that game 5-2 with four stolen bases. With it’s fanned out collar, high sleeves and well “short, shorts” this takes the cake. I only wish the current Sox would don these uniforms again for a theme night, I mean who wouldn’t want to see Bobby Jenks in short shorts?

Honorable Mention
Far too many, the 80s Phillies were pretty nauseating and the A’s have had a slew of uniforms that look like green and gold garbage.


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