Monday, December 29, 2014

1995 Puerto Rico All Stars

Fans in Puerto Rico got to enjoy some great uniforms on a Puerto Rican "Dream Team" for the 1995 Caribbean Series. The uniforms were based on the New York Mets greatest uniforms designed by Joe Petruccio and included v-neck pullover jerseys with both pinstripes and racing stripes! They even had the same color scheme of blue and orange! However, like the Mets, these cannot be called the Ultimate Baseball Look due to the use of belted baseball pants. This was 1995, 5 long years after the Mets abandoned their greatest look. Baseball needs uniforms like this again. Top picture: Roberto Alomar, Carmelo Martinez, Edgar Martinez, Rey Sanchez, Ruben Sierra, Carlos Baerga, Bernie Williams, Juan Gonzalez and Carlos Delgado. Bottom picture: Edgar Martinez, Carmelo Martinez, Rey Sanchez, Carlos Delgado, Juan Gonzalez, Carlos Baerga, Ruben Sierra and Roberto Alomar, all on the same 1995 Puerto Rico All Star team! Edgar Martinez in the home whites, with both pinstripes and racing stripes! Roberto Alomar in the road grays that resembled the 1987 road Mets jerseys and Tidewater Tides jerseys of way back when. Ruben Sierra, Juan Gonzalez and Bernie Williams during a Puerto Rico Dream Team reunion wearing great v-neck pullover jerseys! Senadores de San Juan uniforms.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

California Angels - Part 2

As mentioned in a previous post, the California Angels franchise looked its best from 1973-88. They wore v-neck pullover jerseys and sansabelt baseball pants with a striped waistband and vertical stripes on the sides in a navy blue and red color scheme. Apart from a few subtle changes over the years, like the removal of the white trim on the sleeves in 1979, the California Angels basically wore the same uniform during that span, a uniform that we now refer to as the Ultimate Baseball Look during the Golden Age of the Baseball Uniform! The fans and I'm sure even the players want to see these uniforms brought back, the right way, with the right fit. The Angels franchise just has not looked the same since. Here's Devon White, Don Baylor, Chili Davis, the late Lyman Bostock, Bob Boone, Gary Pettis, Kirk McCaskill and Frank Robinson, yep, he played with the Angels, in the California Angels' greatest uniforms!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Wausau Timbers

The Wausau Timbers were a minor league from Wisconsin. From 1981-89, they were an affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. For several seasons in the mid-80s, they wore uniforms that were similar to the Seattle Mariners' greatest uniforms that were worn from 1981-86! V-neck pullover jerseys, with dynamic racing stripes and sansabelt baseball pants with a striped waistband and vertical stripes on the sides, the undisputed Ultimate Baseball Look! Some of the more notable players included future Hall of Fame shortstop Omar Vizquel. Here's Omar Vizquel, Mike Schooler, Dave Snell, Rich Slominski and the other Ted Williams during the Golden Age of the Baseball Uniform!

St. Louis Cardinals - Bob Gibson

Bob Gibson pitched 17 seasons for the St. Louis Cardinals, but unfortunately wore a real baseball uniform for only the last 5, (1971-75). As mentioned in the Lou Brock entry, the St. Louis Cardinals began wearing proper baseball uniforms in 1971, crewneck pullover jerseys and sansabelt baseball pants. They switched to v-neck pullover jerseys in 1973. Bob Gibson may be most known for his incredible 1968 season, but the Cardinals were still wearing flannel then. A proper St. Louis Cardinals uniform consists of a pullover jersey with an unbroken 'Birds on a Bat' wordmark logo and sansabelt baseball pants with plenty of stripes! It's nice to know some of the all-time greats got to compete in the Ultimate Baseball Look during the Golden Age of the Baseball Uniform! Bob Gibson in a St. Louis Cardinals v-neck pullover jersey. Bob Gibson at the multipurpose Busch Stadium. Bob Gibson in St. Louis Cardinals road grays. Bob Gibson celebrates with Ted Simmons. Bob Gibson pitches at Wrigley Field, a post- playing career Bob Gibson with Curt Flood. Bob Gibson throwing at the Busch Stadium bullpen.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Tidewater Tides

Longtime New York Mets affiliate, the Tidewater Tides once had great baseball uniforms. I believe, beginning in 1986 and ending after 1991, the Tidewater Tides began wearing uniforms that resembled the New York Mets uniforms that were designed by Joe Petruccio. V-neck pullover jerseys that had both pinstripes and racing stripes! For awhile, the Tidewater Tides even wore pillbox caps. I cannot refer to the Tides' uniforms as the Ultimate Baseball Look because they wore belted pants, but it is still a great look that hopefully will be brought back so that today's fans and players can enjoy another Golden Age of the Baseball Uniform! Dave Magadan, Mark Carreon, John Gibbons and Craig Shipley in the Tidewater Tides' greatest home uniform and Dwight Gooden and Gregg Jefferies in the Tidewater Tides' greatest road uniform.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Cincinnati Reds - Tom Seaver

Tom Seaver was traded by the New York Mets to the Cincinnati Reds on June 15, 1977. This would be the first time Tom Seaver would wear a proper baseball uniform. The Cincinnati Reds began wearing proper uniforms, pullover jerseys and sansabelt baseball pants with low cut stirrups, what is now known as the Ultimate Baseball Look in 1972. A time that we now refer to as the Golden Age of the Baseball Uniform!  Tom Seaver went 75-46 during his time with the Reds. Tom Seaver pitched his only career no hitter in a Reds uniform. He recorded his 3,000 career strikeout in a Reds uniform and finished second for the National League Cy Young Award in 1981. He was traded back to the Mets following the 1982 season. He was inducted in the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame in 2006.
Tom Seaver in the great Cincinnati Reds home uniform. Tom Seaver in the great Cincinnati Reds road uniform. The 1981 Cincinnati Reds Style Guide. Pullover jerseys, sansabelt baseball pants, low cut stirrups and satin baseball jackets, what more could you ask for?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Hankyu Braves

The Hankyu Braves who later became the Orix Braves and then the Orix Blue Wave who then merged with the Kintetsu Buffaloes to become the Orix Buffaloes had some very good baseball uniforms in the late 1970s and into the 1980s, the Golden Age of the Baseball Uniform! They wore crewneck pullover jerseys with sansabelt baseball pants with stylish stripes and even striped stirrups! The Ultimate Baseball Look existed in Japan! The Orix Buffaloes have occasionally worn throwback Hankyu Braves uniforms, they should wear them all the time! Grow the game!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Seattle Mariners 1977-80

The Seattle Mariners' first home uniform worn from 1977 through the 1980 season was very good. V-neck pullover jersey and sansabelt baseball pants with a striped waistband in a royal blue and gold color scheme. The Mariners' very first Ultimate Baseball Look! The look that introduced the world to the first trident logo! It's debatable whether or not the Mariners' 1977-80 home uniform is better than their 1981-86 home uniform. In 1979, the star trident logo was introduced to coincide with the Mariners hosting the All-Star Game at the Kingdome that year. The Golden Age of the Baseball Uniform finally arrived in the Pacific Northwest. Former Mariners coach Vada Pinson, 1977 American League All-Star Ruppert Jones, 1979 American League All-Star Bruce Bochte, Leroy Stanton, Dave Henderson as well as the Mariner Moose in a "1979" Mariners uniform on May 24, 2014

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Orix Blue Wave - Ichiro

Ichiro Suzuki played parts of 9 seasons with the Orix Blue Wave or BlueWave, prior to joining the Seattle Mariners following the 2000 season. The Orix Blue Wave had the same color scheme as the Seattle Mariners, royal blue and gold! Their uniforms were similar as well, v-neck pullover jerseys with blue, gold, blue trim around the neck and sleeves. The pants were nearly identical to the 1981-86 Seattle Mariners too. The only difference was the Blue Wave wore belted pants. A very solid uniform that is superior to any current MLB team's uniform. I can't call it the Ultimate Baseball Look because of the belted pants, but it's pretty close. A few shots of Ichiro with the Orix BlueWave, including a Ichiro McFarlane figure that's historically inaccurate. It's inaccurate because the figure depicts Ichiro wearing "high cuffed" pants. Ichiro didn't wear his pants that style until 2006, 6 years after his last season in Japan. Edit: I stand corrected, it appears that early in his career with the Orix Blue Wave, Ichiro Suzuki wore his pants "high cuffed" complete with low cut stirrups, as displayed on a 1994 baseball card and higher cut stirrups from 1993 I believe. A 1995 Orix Blue Wave yearbook. Yutaro Mukumoto in a full Orix Blue Wave uniform, including a v-neck pullover jersey, before cheering on Ichiro Suzuki during a 2013 Yankees and Angels game in Anaheim. The Orix Buffaloes have worn retro Orix Blue Wave jerseys several times in recent years.