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.