The grass is (relatively) green, the sky is (relatively) blue, and the weather is (relatively) nice, which means Spring has finally arrived here in New York. Aside from the much needed mercury boost, we here at ACL are also quite glad that along with Spring comes the seasonal debut of America’s pastime. Our various hometown biases aside, we can all agree that few things can top a mid-afternoon baseball game on a mild May day. So, to get us all in the spirit of swing we bring you our list of the ten greatest baseball uniforms of all time.
The 1906 New York Giants – After winning just the second World Series ever, the New York Giants were feeling more than a bit boastful. So, in an act that certainly wouldn’t be allowed today, the Giants decided to plaster their “World’s Champion” title across the front of their uniforms the next season. As they say, if you got it flaunt it.
The 1908 Boston Red Sox – In their first official year as the Red Sox (they were formerly known as the “Americans,”) Boston’s squad placed their rosy hosiery front and center, but it’s the lace-up neck and pullover design that made these uni’s so iconic.
1912 New York Yankees – This was the year the Yankees introduced their signature pinstripes jerseys, and over a century they haven’t let the Yanks down yet.
1918 Chicago White Sox – The longer sleeved shirts are what most people think of when they reflect back on the White Sox 1918 uniforms, but its actually that American flag, which was sewn on to remember those lost in WWI that has had the most impact on the jerseys of today.
The 1940’s Brooklyn Dodgers – During the forties, The Dodgers really let their playing do the talking, as they not only won three pennants but also managed to tear down the Major League’s color barrier. These understated uniforms, with little more than bold text and a “B” emblem, are the archetype for a classic baseball rig. It’s also worth noting that in this photo from 1947 Jackie Robinson seems to be wearing an older zip-up jersey next to his teammates button-up shirts. How’s that for “uniformity?”
The 1962 Houston Colts – They’d hardly be politically correct today, but you can’t deny that Houston’s Colt .45 logo is one of the best designed emblems ever seen on the diamond.
The 1970’s Baltimore Orioles – Similarly to the Dodger’s uniform of the forties, the Orioles donned a pretty straight forward top during the seventies, but this only made their cartoonish mascot look that much cooler. It’s with good reason that forty-plus years later the O’s still brought back that same hand drawn bird to their current caps.
The 1970’s Houston Astros – Some fans list these jerseys as some of the ugliest of all time, but we have to give the seventies ‘Stros some credit for breaking the mold. Between the ostentatious color scheme, the massive star, and the odd decision to place player’s numbers on their pants, Houston clearly was suffering from some disco reverberations when they designed these kits.
The 1970’s St. Louis Cardinals – We’re not sure if it’s the throwback (even then) logo, the robin’s egg blue, the bright red caps, or a combination of all three, but the Cardinals just looked so damn cool in seventies.
The 1986 New York Mets – While that other New York team might get all the acclaim for their pinstriped rigs, the Mets softer blue on white stripes are equally as iconic. While these jerseys might look identical to the ones they wear today, during the eighties, the Mets decided to revamp their tops by switching from button-ups to pullover. We can’t say for sure if this is why The Mets won the World Series in ’86, but hey, it couldn’t have hurt.