#5. World Championship Ugly - The 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates
The Pirates won a World Series and featured a lineup of great sluggers like Willie Stargell and Dave Parker, and because of their postseason success, millions of people watching on national TV got an eyeful of some of the ugliest uniforms ever. The Pirates had a traditional white home uniform with black pinstripes which was fine, but the fun began when they wore the solid black, solid yellow, or a combination of the two uniforms. Top it off with bright yellow batting helmets and pillbox-style caps with horizontal pinstripes running around the perimeter and you've got yourself some uniforms! I wonder if the guys that designed these might not have been partaking in a little recreational drug use along with those players implicated in the Pittsburgh Drug Trials. Hmmm?
#4. The 1979 Philadelphia Phillies "Saturday Night Specials"
1979 was a banner year for crappy uniforms in Pennsylvania. These things were precious. Talk about maroon overload. The Phillies busted out the monochromatic look for Saturday games in 1979. Maroon pants, jersey, and cap. Could you imagine what these things would look like in HD? Although, it would be something if the current Phillies brass decided to bust these suckers out for one game. Wow.
#3. SoCal, So Ugly - San Diego Padres (1978-1985)
The Padres went through several degrees of nasty over an eight-year period, beginning when they first joined MLB from the Pacific Coast League in 1969. The first era being the lovely brown and what I assume is supposed to be gold. This uniform strongly resembles what you might find in a newborn's loaded diaper. As we enter the 1980's, the Pads added some orange to the white, brown and gold motif. I think this may have been an effort to represent some sort of sunset or southwest theme, but it failed miserably. In 1987, the Padres moved to a boring-but-clean white-with-brown pinstripe set with road grays. They made a few more tweaks to that until they rolled out nice brand new duds to coincide with the opening of Petco Park in 2004.
#2. The Chicago White Sox "Shorts Game" - August 8, 1976
Hall of Fame owner, master promoter and certified baseball man Bill Veeck thought it would be a great idea to have his South-siders suit up in shorts instead of baseball pants for the first game of a doubleheader against the Kansas City Royals. Needless to say the visiting nine were amused and let the Sox players have it with catcalls and insults the entire game, leading the White Sox to wear pants in the nightcap. Chicago lost both games, 9-2 and 8-3 respectively, and finished 1976 with a 64-97 record. This was good for dead last in the old AL West, 32 1/2 games behind the first-place Royals. That's right, the Royals once used to be a first place ballclub.
#1. The 1999 MLB "Turn Ahead The Clock" Jersey Project
This had to be one of the worst ideas to ever come out of MLB Properties, Inc. I understand this was a concept to play on the upcoming new millennium and establish a "what if" type of idea, but these jerseys are just plain atrocious. To this day I don't know what that female symbol with ears is on the "Mercury Mets" jerseys. This was an interesting idea but extremely poor application. Get a load of Johnny Damon in that Royals jersey. Is he a leadoff hitter or is he in first place in the Tour de France? Yikes.
And now, it's time for a few honorable mention jerseys.
HONORABLE MENTION 1: The San Diego Padres "camo" jerseys - These jerseys have been worn by the Padres over the past few years to honor the military. They are pretty tacky looking jerseys, but after visiting San Diego in 2007 and seeing what a great Navy town it is and the pride and love they have for the soldiers and sailors there, I couldn't include it. The message is more important, and it was a great sight to see.
HONORABLE MENTION 2: Minnesota Dairy Queens - These jerseys are really too obscure to even wind up on the top 10 list. The Minnesota Twins worse these jerseys only twice, on April 6th and 21st, 1997. They were named the "Dairy Queen jerseys" by ESPN announcers for their clear resemblance to the popular ice cream store.
HONORABLE MENTION 3: The Price is Wrong - The Fresno Grizzlies are the Triple-A affiliate of the SF Giants, and I'm not sure why they ever did this, but they had a Price is Right day at the ball park in 2007. Not even Bob Barker would have approved of these unis. The Grizzlies also had a Totally Rad 80s Night in 2008, but thankfully that was just for the fans, not the players.
HONORABLE MENTION 4: The Pink Tablecloth - The only reason this isn't on the main list is because, well, it's from 1916, and it's never been brought back (thank God). But anyhow, back in 1916 the New York Giants went pink for a whole year. Hard to believe the players actually let this happen. No wonder the team finished 4th in the National League that year.
Are there any others that you think deserve consideration? Let's hear it!