We resume our series on the ugliest uniforms in sports by turning our attention to baseball. With the season upcoming, there is no better time to showcase the ugliest baseball unis ever, according to me. You'll probably find as you're reading along that going monochrome gets bonus ugly points.
#10. The 1969 Seattle Pilots - If This Was The Uniform Your Stewardess Wore On Your Flight, You Would Walk Out.
The Pilots, which only lasted one year and then became the Milwaukee Brewers, left an indelible mark in the world of ugliest uniforms. Whether it is the uniform number on the right chest or the cap that was supposed to resemble that of an airline pilot with its "wings" embroidery on the brim, it's not mystery why these guys played in a place called Sicks Stadium. Along with these lovely home threads, the Pilots sported a baby-blue number on the road that would eventually be reborn as the Seattle Mariners roadies until 1988.
#9. A Triple Play of Ugly - Cleveland Indians 1974-1978
Whether it's the cartoonish, Flintstones-style "INDIANS" written across the pullover-style jerseys, or the red top/red pants monochrome look, the Indians were a tough team to take seriously in the 1970's. Their on-field production wasn't much to look at, either. Cleveland featured a red, navy blue and white version of the Flintstones jersey, and alternated them all with white pants, except on the rare occasion they went all-red, which basically made them look like hot dogs with blue baseball caps on.
Even Oscar Gamble's tremendous, awe-inspiring, gravity-defying afro couldn't improve these things.
#8. Failure to Launch - Houston Astros 1975-1993
These could be higher on the list based on your preference, but the yellow, orange and red gradient uniforms that were unmistakably the Houston Astros served its purpose. They gave the Astros great brand recognition. The upper deck seats of the Astrodome were done in the exact same gradient pattern as the uniforms. These might be the most effective "ugly uniforms" on the list. Even if the name wasn't on the jersey, most people would recognize the team immediately.
#7. Classic Nasty - The Boston Red Sox 1908 Throwbacks (brought back in 1997)
These were probably acceptable for the times, but when the Red Sox brought out these unis in 1997 and several times since, they just seemed ridiculous. The laces in the front and the sport collar really add to the hilarity of it all. Seeing a big guy like Mo Vaughn in one of these is very entertaining. Some throwbacks withstand the test of time and look cool like the Kansas City Monarchs Negro League uniforms the Royals wear sometimes, or the Brooklyn Dodgers flannels that L.A. will bring out now and then. These? Cool? Not so much.
#6. At Least We'll Be Safe While Hunting - The 1971 Baltimore Orioles
The Orioles were among the first teams to don an "alternate" uniform in MLB. In 1971, these all-orange sweeties were it. While searching for photos for this article, one website described the look as "dressing up like candy corn". I'd say that's pretty close. Could you imagine being an umpire and having Earl Weaver come out and argue a call in these? How could you keep a straight face when you're getting chewed out by a 5 1/2 foot carrot?