In 1972, the Houston Astros debuted their first double knit uniforms. Zipper-front jerseys and sansabelt baseball pants with an elasticized striped waistband. They wore this style for 3 seasons, 1972, 1973 and 1974. Should the Houston Astros bring their "shooting star" look back, I wouldn't protest, but, of course, the zipper-front jerseys would definitely need to be replaced with v-neck pullover jerseys to truly be worthy enough to be called the Ultimate Baseball Look.
Saturday, May 20, 2017
In 2017, the Seattle Mariners are celebrating their 40th anniversary season and to commemorate the occasion, they are having former players throw out the ceremonial first pitch, throughout the season. So far, former pitchers Mark Langston and Gaylord Perry as well as former outfielder Tom Paciorek have done the honors, all while wearing the Mariners greatest jersey, the 1981-86 home trident v-neck pullover. There's no question the fans want the Mariners to bring it back full-time while saying goodbye to the navy, silver and teal compass rose era forever.
Friday, May 19, 2017
Powder blue Seattle Mariners trident v-neck pullover jersey by Ebbets Field Flannels. A couple reasons why this interests me, one, it's a style the Seattle Mariners never wore. It's not even a reproduction of the powder blue jersey that was seen during the Mariners' first spring training in 1977. Second, it was made by Ebbets Field Flannels. Even though they supplied uniforms for a 1997 Turn Back the Clock game between the Royals and Mariners that were supposed to be from 1977, Ebbets Field Flannels isn't associated with the double-knit polyester era. They mainly focus on replica flannel jerseys from the 1930s to the 1960s. A Seattle Mariners fauxback jersey, if you will, not a throwback.
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
In 1989, the 6'1" Ryne Sandberg's Chicago Cubs uniform consisted of a size 42 v-neck pullover jersey and sansabelt baseball pants with an elasticized waistband that had a 32 waist and a 27.5" inseam. The Ultimate Baseball Look during the Golden Age of the Baseball Uniform. 1989 was the last season the Chicago Cubs wore real baseball uniforms.
Saturday, May 6, 2017
Powder blue Under Armour uniform for Top Tier Baseball. Pullover jerseys and sansabelt baseball pants with a striped elasticized waistband. Well, the pullover jerseys are too loose on the players and the players are wearing pants of varying lengths. A uniform should be uniform. Eliminate both the dorky "high-cuffed" pants and the long and baggy "pajama pants" from the game of baseball.
MLB rule Rule 1.11(a)(1): All players on a team shall wear uniforms identical in color, trim and style, and all players uniforms shall include minimal six-inch numbers on their backs, not only needs to be enforced in Major League Baseball but at all levels.
I interpret "trim and style" to mean pants worn the same length. Grow the game baseball, and make the Ultimate Baseball Look happen the right way, right now.
The 1976 Cincinnati Reds during the World Series introductions at Yankee Stadium. Their uniforms were uniform, an ideal goal for every team today. All the players wore pants the same length along with low cut stirrups.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Powder blue or to some, "baby blue" v-neck pullover jerseys the Buffalo Bisons will wear May 20 and 21, 2017 for Blue Jays Weekend. Plus, a pair of proper powder blue baseball pants with a striped elasticised waistband. The people know this combination today, as the Ultimate Baseball Look. We know there is no rational reason for baseball teams to continue to wear outdated and archaic button-front jerseys and baseball pants with belts.
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
The Chattanooga Lookouts in 1984 had amazing uniforms. V-neck pullover jerseys and sansabelt baseball pants with the striped waistband. Incredible. The Ultimate Baseball Look during the Golden Age of the Baseball Uniform. They were in the middle of their affiliation with the Seattle Mariners but instead of royal blue and gold, the Lookouts' uniforms in 1984 utilized a red and black color scheme. Racing stripes on the jerseys shoulders and sleeves were featured as well as striping on the sides of the jerseys and pants. Very 1980s and that is a very positive attribute. The fans and players, if they're smart and have impeccable taste, demand that these type of baseball uniforms, real athletic wear, return to ballparks in America and across the world.
Monday, April 24, 2017
Black v-neck pullover baseball jersey for the Maryland Terrapins by Under Armour. Very nice traditional looking pullover jersey. Unfortunately, even when worn, the jersey is paired with pants with belts, which, quite frankly, is often the case. Outsiders, if you will, often look on in bemusement, at baseball teams that wear pants with belts, during competition. It's ridiculous and archaic, but it is what it is. The jersey even got the attention of the rapper Nelly, who wore one during a performance. Grow the game, baseball, and wear pullover jerseys.
Friday, April 21, 2017
Ben Gibbard, the frontman for the indie band, Death Cab For Cutie and ex-husband of actress/singer Zooey Deschanel, is a Seattle Mariners fan. He recorded a song about former Mariners outfielder Ichiro and has thrown out the ceremonial first pitch at Safeco Field a few times. He is also a proponent of the star trident Mariners logo as well as their trident pullover jerseys. For that, he has the respect of our community.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Franklin Elementary School fifth-grader Isayas Hampton won the Tacoma Rainiers’ annual Tacoma Public Schools jersey design contest with a blue-and-red silhouette design, to be worn May 26, 2017 on the team’s Tacoma Public Schools Night.
The v-neck pullover design features silhouettes of Cheney Stadium and the Tacoma Narrows Bridges on the front below the Rainiers’ script logo. On the back, below the numbers are silhouettes of the Cable-Stayed Bridge, the U.S. District Courthouse at Union Station and Mount Rainier.
Yet, another example on how the public, young and old, prefer pullover jerseys over anything else in the world.
Sunday, April 16, 2017
On July 16, 1970, Roberto Clemente and the Pittsburgh Pirates started the Golden Age of the Baseball Uniform and became the first baseball team to don real uniforms, double knit polyester pullover jerseys and sansabelt baseball pants with a striped waistband, actual athletic wear, now known as the Ultimate Baseball Look! Gone were the nonsensical button-front shirts and vests and belted pants. The contrast between a flannel vest, belted pants clad Roberto Clemente statue and the real man, in a proper Pittsburgh Pirates uniform, that's completely free of nonsensical buttons and belts, couldn't be more striking. A great era for baseball and those sartorially inclined. Look it how young Montreal Expos fans gravitated to Roberto Clemente, you can tell they never saw a real baseball uniform before. It is an amazing thing to see pictures of Clemente and the Pirates from that era and to know that baseball uniforms back then were more advanced, practical and functional than any uniform today. The Pirates continued to wear these uniforms after Clemente's December 31, 1972 passing thru the 1976 season. These uniforms need to be the basis for all present and future baseball uniforms.