MLB Power Rankings: The Late '70s Astros and the 10 Ugliest Uniforms of All Time
One of the biggest parts of the business side of baseball for MLB teams is branding and merchandise. Every few years the majority of the teams will tweak or completely overhaul their uniforms as a way to provide fans with new merchandise and to keep their image fresh.
The problem is that the majority of sports teams at one point in time have run out some pretty ugly uniforms, like this Astros uniform from the 1970s.
These are the top 10 ugliest uniforms in MLB history.
10. Houston Astros
People have very differing opinions on this uniform, as you either love it or hate it. The Astros wore these rainbow uniforms in the mid 1970s and feel the need to wear these every once in a while as throwback uniforms. Nolan Ryan did a pretty good job of making these look good.
9. Anaheim Angels
The Anaheim Angels wore this uniform back in the mid 1990s after they changed their name from the California Angels to the Anaheim Angels. They wore these for five years before switching over to their current logo and uniform. Needless to say, it was a move to the better.
8. San Diego Padres
The Padres' intentions were in the right spot, bringing out these camo uniforms to honor the men and women of our armed forces. However, the final product was a disaster.
San Diego is not giving up on the camo uniform idea, something it has used since 2000, as it has announced new uniforms for 2011. This is definitely an improvement from the original.
7. Cleveland Indians
The Cleveland Indians wore these all-red uniforms in the mid 1970s. The Indians helped prove wearing one single color is not a good idea with the red shirts, red pants and red cleats. This is one uniform the Indians should not decide to wear when they want to wear throwback uniforms.
6. Tampa Bay (Devil) Rays
This is a tough way for a Hall-of-Famer to go out, wearing this uniform for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. This was the inaugural uniform for this franchise, and it was definitely for the better when the Rays decided to drop the Devil and change the uniforms before the 2008 season.
The team got to the World Series after making the change. Coincidence?
5. Seattle Mariners
The Seattle Mariners every once in a while feel the need to bring these throwback uniforms back, and I really don't know why. The first MLB team in Seattle wore these uniforms for one season back in 1969, and the main reason this uniform gets on this list has to be the hat.
4. Pittsburgh Pirates
It is great to see a city embrace similar colors across all its major sports teams like Pittsburgh has. The Black and Yellow has worked well for the Steelers and Penguins; however, the Pirates brought it to a whole new level with these uniforms from the late 1970s and early 1980s.
This uniform is much worse than the old jersey. However, this was part of the 1999 MLB promotion of futuristic jerseys and only lasted about three games. But if these are the uniforms of the future, people will be begging for the 1970s and '80s uniform.
3. Chicago White Sox
The White Sox have had some pretty awful uniforms over the years, and this one is fighting for best of the worst. The team wore these uniforms from 1982 through 1986 before moving on to their next awful uniform.
The "SOX" across the front of the chest and hat with the trucker-style cap to go along with the player's number on the pants make this one of the worst uniforms in MLB.
2. San Diego Padres
The San Diego Padres didn't learn from the all-red disaster of the Cleveland Indians and thought that an all-mustard yellow with brown thrown in would be better. However, it was even worse than the Indians' uniform, as the team looked like bruised bananas playing baseball.
They wore these uniforms for two season in the 1970s, and for some reason the team feels the need to bring these uniforms back as throwbacks. Maybe they are hoping to blind the opposing team with these ugly uniforms.
It's okay, Jake Peavy—you don't have to wear this uniform anymore.
1. Chicago White Sox Shorts
For as long as the game of baseball has been played, players wore pants, but one day in 1976 owner Bill Veeck felt the need to have his players wear shorts. This one day was enough to get the White Sox the title of worst MLB uniform in history.
The team looked like an adult slow pitch softball team instead of a major-league squad, and Veeck knew as soon as he saw the shorts that he'd made a mistake—a mistake that was never made again.