The Top 10 Ugliest Baseball Uniforms of All Time
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Monochrome Maroon and Pillbox Hats: The Ugliest Baseball Uniforms of All Time

3/1/09 in MLB   |   snbslugger   |   0 respect

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?

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4/10/13   |   stevielcarp

The "female symbol with ears" is the symbol for the planet Mercury... that/s why it fits the Mercury Mets. 

3/6/09   |   Gilligan   |   7 respect

(Edited by Gilligan)


The Brooklyn Dodgers actually wore Plaid for a year. circa 1916, looks like pajamas

3/5/09   |   TonyBaronie

THE_Smoot wrote:


Bob Barker would've spayed and/or neutered those jerseys himself.

That looks like a solid minor league theme night jersey.

3/4/09   |   THE_Smoot   |   70 respect



Bob Barker would've spayed and/or neutered those jerseys himself.

3/3/09   |   ML31   |   3615 respect

The White Sox shorts are by far the biggest sartorial mistake ever.

3/2/09   |   THE_Smoot   |   70 respect

(Edited by THE_Smoot)

The city of Eugene, Oregon should just give up design.

Period...

3/2/09   |   DigitalSquire   |   1 respect

get your advertising crap outta here.

3/2/09   |   shox13191

DigitalSquire wrote:
the green pinstripes arent that bad. Its the Big O thats rediculous.

not to mention with the pinstripe bottoms..

3/2/09   |   snbslugger

DigitalSquire wrote:
the green pinstripes arent that bad. Its the Big O thats rediculous.

I *really* hope that "Big O" jersey is for batting practice only.  Wow.

3/2/09   |   DigitalSquire   |   1 respect

the green pinstripes arent that bad. Its the Big O thats rediculous.

3/2/09   |   shox13191

It's like Oregon doesn't realize that EVERY jersey they have is ugly.  Feast your eyes on the uniforms for their brand new baseball team. 

 

3/2/09   |   gau13   |   217 respect

wrote:
 And what about this Pirates uniform from 2007 (I think).  That vest-thing looks more parking valet than baseball player.


Are you serious?  I love those jerseys.  Those are better then there normal ones

3/2/09   |   elevenbravo138again   |   1155 respect

I actually cried, this has to go in the FIQ H.O.F!!

3/2/09   |   RichmondSpider

The Seattle Pilots at least had cool caps!

3/1/09   |   daddyrin4

Gilligan wrote:


these Sox uni's with the collar and the shorts have always been my favorite

The White Sox players hated these uniforms so much. some (like Chet Lemon), theatened to not play for the team. Obviously they were horrible for stealing bases in, not to mention that they look like underwear.

3/1/09   |   Gilligan   |   7 respect



these Sox uni's with the collar and the shorts have always been my favorite

3/1/09   |   kramer   |   11003 respect

Gilligan wrote:
excuse me, that is mustard and chocolate.

No, it's baby s*** brown.

3/1/09   |   Gilligan   |   7 respect

wrote:
 This is another version of the Padres baby-poop brown and gold.


excuse me, that is mustard and chocolate.

3/1/09   |   kramer   |   11003 respect

wrote:
 And what about this Pirates uniform from 2007 (I think).  That vest-thing looks more parking valet than baseball player.


I hate those jerseys, but the turn ahead the clock jerseys the Pirates had were gouge-your-eyes-out awful just like all the other ones.

3/1/09   |   frenchy62   |   3 respect

I can only hope those rainbow suits that used to be Astro uniforms have all been thoroughly incinerated.

3/1/09   |   TonyBaronie

I kind of like the San Fran jersey in number 1.

3/1/09   |   billywa   |   658 respect

 Gosh, Barry Bonds looked so...small...Must have been the slimming uni look......

3/1/09   |   LA_dodgers_fan

wrote:
 And what about this Pirates uniform from 2007 (I think).  That vest-thing looks more parking valet than baseball player.


There's a good shot most of that team works as parking valets right now.

3/1/09   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

Every time these teams wear throwbacks I change the channel

3/1/09   |   The Wakka Man   |   16 respect

I think Satan was responsible for those "Turn Ahead The Clock" uniforms...

As for the Houston unis, Gary Carter's assessment has stuck in my mind for years: "Like an advertisement for Tequila Sunrise."

3/1/09   |   jrcincalifornia

Can't believe nobody is calling out the Pittsburgh Pirates uniforms from the World Series-winning "We Are Family" era. The thought of Kent Tekulve or John Candelaria on the mound in all that mustard-yellow polyester still gives me chills (although it does bring back some NBC Game of the Week memories ... Scully, Garagiola, Kubek ... those were the days). And the hats the Bucs wore! C'mon,  no excuse for those pillbox lids.

3/1/09   |   THE_Smoot   |   70 respect

WAAAAAYYYYY BIGGGGGGG!

3/1/09   |   Michael_Luchies   |   17 respect

(Edited by 100%InjuryRate)

Good work... The White Sox shorts were terrible.  I would also nominate their 80's uni's
The Devil Rays Uni's
And pretty much every teams 80's uniform's were awful

3/1/09   |   drn0iswatr   |   731 respect

 man I know they are ugly...but I grew up watching the Stros in those terrible outfits....I kind of like them....I'm a self-masochist. 

3/1/09   |   imperial75ca

THE_Smoot wrote:
The 'SF' in #1 looks as if it's on steroids.

does the guy wearing it have a very large head?

3/1/09   |   THE_Smoot   |   70 respect

The 'SF' in #1 looks as if it's on steroids.