Sunday, April 16, 2017

Pittsburgh Pirates - Roberto Clemente

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.

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