Baseball Uniforms Project

The CWHOF Committee has voted unanimously to extend its interests into the realm of baseball aesthetics. Citing concerns with modern uniforms, the committee has created a panel to review historical baseball uniforms and to determine a standard of do’s and don’ts for all of baseball to reference in the future. Here are some of the panel’s findings:

The panel has discovered that the use of the alternate colored jersey is offensive. Particularly when a classic jersey is replaced by the alternate. The panel prefers solid whites and grays or pinstripes. The Giants have a sepia tone to their home uniform, which is an acceptable variance from the norm. The Padres, on the other hand, have strayed too far with their current road uniforms.

Also unacceptable are sleeveless jerseys. The Twins are the most recent, but not the only offenders. The panel hopes that soon the sleeveless jersey will fade away, to join the powder blue road uniform and the Astros old rainbow jersey in baseball obscurity (the Rockies have the distinction of breaking two rules with one uniform).

Baseball pants have gone from quite roomy in the early days to the more consricting model of the 1970’s and 1980’s. Today’s player wears something in the middle, a practice that is endorsed by the panel.

Socks are a very important subject for the panel. There seems to be two schools of though when it comes to the modern baseball sock: show it all, or none of it. While the panel prefers the homage to the early days of the former, it is aware that the two schools can live in harmony. Special recognition to those modern players who actually show a little white under the stirrup (or yellow in the A’s case), and to those who display team colors on their socks (And negative recognition to those socks with the stirrups sewn on).

The panel takes a firm stand against any logo attached to the side of a cap.

Finally, the panel has no official position regarding the catcher’s mask. While it appreciates the standard mask, the panel does not fear change, and therefore embraces the hockey model as well (though the clear drawback of the hockey model is the lack of a backwards cap).

The CWHOF Committee’s special panel on uniforms hopes that the uniform issues are now cleared up. Maybe the panel’s recommendations will help uniform designers make better choices in the years to come.

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One Response to Baseball Uniforms Project

  1. ajj says:

    Great insight. One would hope to see research on whether crummy uniforms lead to crummy play. My strictly unscientific observation seems to be that the team with the ugliest uniform usually loses.

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