Thursday, November 28, 2013

Seattle Mariners 1981-86

The Seattle Mariners were once baseball's best dressed team from 1981-1986! They wore v-neck pullover jerseys and sansabelt baseball pants with a striped waistband! A great look that is now referred to as the Ultimate Baseball Look! This was a time where baseball uniforms actually looked cool, an era known as The Golden Age of the Baseball Uniform! With baseball's aging and shrinking audience, baseball is in dire need of another one. Suits, make it happen! Royal blue and gold are Seattle Mariners colors! Larry Milbourne, Steve Henderson, Roy Thomas, Jack Perconte and Jim Beattie in 1984 Mother's Cookies Seattle Mariners cards, the Mariners' best dressed middle infield, shortstop Spike Owen and second baseman Jack Perconte on the cover of a 1984 issue of On Deck, Alvin Davis playing first base in the Kingdome, Gaylord Perry on a 1983 cover of On Deck, the official Seattle Mariners magazine. Former skipper Rene Lachemann in 1981. The bottom line is that the Mariners looked their best 1981-86, the wordmark continues to live on today, a Nike Mariners baseball cap with the great 1981-86 trident wordmark.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Ken Griffey Jr. and the Big Red Machine

Ken Griffey Jr. in a Big Red Machine era Cincinnati Reds uniform in 2000. Pullover jersey and sansabelt baseball pants. Compare Junior's uniform with that of the original Big Red Machine's George Foster, Cesar Geronimo, Ken Sr., Pete Rose, Dave Concepcion, Joe Morgan, Tony Perez and Johnny Bench and below that, Rose, Morgan and Bench at Riverfront Stadium. That Reds uniform, while distinctive, IMO is inferior to the 1990 Cincinnati Reds' uniform which was worn from 1988-92. Still, the Big Red Machine were Ultimate Baseball Look pioneers when they began wearing baseball athletic wear in 1972 and you got to respect the fact that the Big Red Machine team wore low cut stirrups and sansabelt baseball pants the proper length, mid-calf. Another image to add, Ken Griffey Jr. on a 2006 "First Pitch" Upper Deck card in a Big Red Machine era road uniform, pullover jersey and sansabelt baseball pants! Ken Griffey Jr., Barry Larkin and Pokey Reese on June 3, 2000 in replica Big Red Machine uniforms!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

New York Mets

Technically, since the Joe Petruccio designed 1983-1990 New York Mets only wore v-neck pullover jerseys and belted pants instead of sansabelt baseball pants, their uniforms cannot be called the Ultimate Baseball Look. That said, their home uniforms from 1982-1990 which included pullover jerseys with the patented racing stripes are among my favorite. (The 1987 road uniform was the best). I do wonder how much better they'd be if they did indeed have sansabelt baseball pants as part of the set. Tom Seaver during his 1983 return to Queens, Keith Hernandez, the Petruccio sketch, Doc Gooden, Darryl Strawberry, the 1984 rotation which included Ed Lynch, Walt Terrell, Gooden and Ron Darling. The uniform Tom Seaver wore during his 1983 return to New York is the only Mets uniform we need to know. Dwight Gooden and Gary Carter in the 1987 New York Mets road uniform, the best in franchise history. Duke Snider and Dwight Gooden in the New York Mets greatest uniform. To my knowledge, the last time the Mets wore a version of their best uniforms was August 20, 2006 when Orlando Hernandez was pitching.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Beloit Brewers

Troy O'Leary in Beloit Brewers uniforms, pullover jerseys and sansabelt baseball pants, now known as The Ultimate Baseball Look. This is what the Milwaukee Brewers should be wearing today!