The Greatest Uniform in the History of Every MLB Franchise

Anthony LifrieriContributor IMay 30, 2011

The Greatest Uniform in the History of Every MLB Franchise

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    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 24:  Jorge Posada #20 of the New York Yankees hits a double in the ninth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium on May 24, 2011 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)
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    Uniforms make up an important part of baseball.

    It is each players armor, their battle clothes in which they go into each game.

    Every kid dreams of one day making it to the big leagues, and wearing the uniform of their favorite team.

    Each team has a their own distinctive uniform, and some are better than others.

    Here is a list of each team's best uniform:

Anaheim Angels: California Angels Jersey

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    Pitcher Chuck Finley of the Anaheim Angels stands on the pitchers mound during a game against the New York Yankees at Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim, California. The Angels won the game 4-0.
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    This Angels’ uniform is similar to their current uniform.  

    Obviously, the logo on the hat is different because they were the California Angels.

    However, the band around the arm of the jersey is larger and more regal looking.  

    The band is so attractive, the Angels should think about incorporating it into their current uniform.

Arizona Diamondbacks: Current Home Uniform

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    PHOENIX - MAY 20:  Ian Kennedy #31 of the Arizona Diamondbacks lets out a yell as he is taken out of the game against the Minnesota Twins at Chase Field on May 20, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
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    I happen to like the D-Backs’ current home jersey.  It is a simple white jersey, with “D-Backs” written in red.

    The old jersey’s screamed the 1990s, and although it was a great decade, it didn't create the greatest of jerseys.

Braves: 1970's Home Era

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    This is a sharp looking jersey, and I don't know why the Braves would ever do away with it.

    Sure, their current Jerseys are cool, but the blue and white really go well with the Braves written in script.

    Besides, you can never go wrong when a jersey has a patriotic red, white and blue theme.

Baltimore Orioles: Current Home Uniform

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    BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 25: Outfielders Felix Pie #18, Nick Markakis #21, and Adam Jones #10 of the Baltimore Orioles run in after the Orioles defeated the Kansas City Royals at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on May 25, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Ro
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    Again, simple is good.  

    The Orioles hem jersey features orange and white, and has “Orioles” written on the front of the jersey.

    The Oriole on the cap is a nice accent that finishes off the jersey.

Boston Red Sox: Blue Alternate

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    NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 24:  The Boston Red Sox celebrate after defeating the New York Yankees 10 - 8 on September 24, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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    The Red Sox are one of the few old franchises with drastically different jerseys over the course of their franchise.

    While they’ve had some winners (sarcastic) overt the years, their Blue Alternate uniform is by far their nicest.

    The Uniform is in Blue, with “Boston” written in red with white outlined letters.  

    The red collar and arm bands adds a good accent, and the jersey has the most apropos finishing touch: Red socks.

Chicago Cubs: Current Alternate

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    CHICAGO - JULY 16:  Sammy Sosa #21 of the Chicago Cubs throws his batting helmet and shin guard after striking out against the Milwaukee Brewers during a game on July 16, 2004 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Brewers defeated the Cubs 3-2. (Phot
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    The Cubs alternate uniform is by far the nicest in their team history, and should be made their permanent home uniform.

    The Jersey is royal blue, a “C” on the heart with a bear in it.  The socks match the jersey, and the pants are pinstriped.

    This is a regal looking uniform, befitting one of baseball’s most popular franchises.

Chicago White Sox: Current Alternate

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - APRIL 7:  Frank Thomas #35 of the Chicago White Sox bats during the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on April 7, 2004 in Kansas City, Missouri. The White Sox won 4-3.  (Photo by Dave Kaup/Getty Images)
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    The White Sox alternate uniform is their nicest jersey is by far their nicest jersey for the same reasons the Cubs’ alternate is their nicest jersey.

    The difference between the two cross town rivals is the black emphasis on the White Sox uniform. 

    The “Sox” insignia is written in a sharp white, adding the perfect finishing touch to the uniform.

Cleveland Indians: Current Home Uniform

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    CLEVELAND - MAY 13:  Fausto Carmona #55 of the Cleveland Indians pitches against the Seattle Mariners during the game on May 13, 2011 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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    I love the way “Indians” is written on their pure white jersey.

    It adds class to one of baseball’s oldest franchises. 

    The logo is not the most appealing in the world, and some consider it racist, but it’s tradition, so I guess it works for the uniform.

Cincinnati Reds: Current Home

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    CINCINNATI, OH - MARCH 31: Edinson Volquez #36 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers in the opening day game at Great American Ballpark on March 31, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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    Do you notice a trend with the older franchises and their uniforms?

    Most of them are simple, and the Reds are no exception.

    This is a basic white uniform, but the red accents throughout it makes it one of baseball’s nicest uniforms.

    The Reds’ logo on the heart is also attractive, and adds a regality to the uniform.

Colorado Rockies: Current Home Uniform

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    DENVER, CO - APRIL 29:  Relief pitcher Felipe Paulino #55 of the Colorado Rockies delivers against he Pittsburgh Pirates at Coors Field on April 29, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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    The Rockies are a newer franchise, but the only true difference tot their home uniform over the last three decades is the addition of player names to the back of the jersey.

    Besides that, it’s your basic white uniform, with Rockies written on the jersey in silver and outlined in black.  

    What makes this uniform stand out among others in the franchise and all of Major League Baseball is the purple pinstripes throughout the uniform.

Detroir Tigers: 1995-1997 Away Uniform

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    13 Jul 1997:  Tony Clark of the Detroit Tigers prior to the Tigers 3-1 victory over the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York. Mandatory Credit: Al Bello  /Allsport
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    Road uniforms are pretty bland, but the Tigers Road uniform from 1995-1997 is cool.

    It’s a grey uniform, with Detroit written on the jersey in blue and outlined in orange and white.  The same goes for the number and player name on the back.

    The cap is blue, and features the tiger logo with a “D” and actual Tiger on it, with an orange brim.

Florida Marlins: Inaugural Road Uniform

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    22 AUG 1993:  FLORIDA MARLINS PITCHER LUIS AQUINO RELEASES A PITCH DURING THE MARLINS VERSUS SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS GAME AT CANDLESTICK PARK IN SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA.
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    The Marlins first road uniform was grey with teal lettering on the front, outlined in white.  It also featured a Marlin.

    The Back of the jersey had the player name and number written in black and outlined in teal and white.

    The cap, also stuck with a teal top, with a black bill.

    The coolest part to the uniform was the white teal and black stripe that ran down the side of the pants.

Houston Astros: Colt .45 Uniform

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    The Astros were originally known as the Colt .45s, which was the gun that won the west. 

    Their white jersey featured a colt .45 on the front of their jersey.  

    The “C” in Colt was also fashioned so that it looked like smoke from the barrel of the gun.

    The back of the jersey features black lettering outlined in orange.

    Seriously, this may be the coolest uniform ever.

Kansas City Royals: Powder Blue Uniforms

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    JULY - 1987:  George Brett #5 of the Kansas City Royals watches the flight of the ball as he follows through on his swing during a game in July of 1987.  (Photo by Gray Mortimore/Getty Images)
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    The Royals are finally getting good again after decades of poor play.

    Their recent excellence brings us back to the days of George Brett and the Royals’ powder blue uniforms.

    They were elegant, attractive, and timeless. Honestly, there is no reason the Royals should have ever done away with them.

Los Angeles Dodgers: 2005-2006 Home Uniform

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 29:  Rafael Furcal #15 of the Los Angeles Dodgers receives high fives from the dougout after hitting a two-run home run against the Florida Marlins in the third inning at Dodger Stadium on May 29, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. The
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    The Dodgers’ uniform has changed little over the past 100 years, but the 2005-2006 uniform stands out among the best.

    There are no player names on the back, which harkens back to the old days of when numbers were all that was needed to tell who was who.

    It also makes many Dodger fans in New York think back to when the Dodgers were in Brooklyn, which to many, is where they belong.

Brewers: Throwback Alternate

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    MILWAUKEE - MAY 20:  Robin Yount #19 of the Milwaukee Brewers leads off the base during the game against the Detroit Tigers at County Stadium on May 20, 1993 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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    The Brewers currently use a throwback alternate uniform that features the Brewers’ old logo and uniform style.

    “Brewers” is written in Blue and outlined in gold.  

    The White uniform is outfitted with blue pinstripes, and the sleeve and cap both feature the old Brewer logo, which is one of the coolest logos in sports.

Minnesota Twins: 2010 Alternate Uniform

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    There really isn't much of a difference between the twins regular and alternate uniform.

    The main difference is the blue sleeves, and the Target Field patch on the front of the jersey.

    Besides that, it’s standard operating procedure:  White jersey with pinstripes, Twins in Red lettering, and the “Twin Cities” logo on the cap.  

New York Yankees: Home Uniform

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    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 24:  Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees looks on before playing against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium on May 24, 2011 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Michael Heiman/Getty Images)
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    This was the toughest choice to make in this entire slideshow… Not…

    Seriously, the Yankees’ uniform has gone unchanged for almost 80-years.  The last major change was adding numbers to the uniform.

    By far, baseball’s most recognized uniform, everyone knows the Pinstripes with the interlocking “NY” over the heart.

    The “NY” is also on the cap, which Jay-Z somehow made more popular than any Yankee has.

    Without going into a 1,000 word rant, I’m not going to explain how silly it is for someone to think they made a sports hat more popular than someone who actually played for a given team, especially the Yankees.

    Anyone who wants to take a crack at it feel free to state your case in the comments.

New York Mets: 1980s Road

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    Take the best features of the old Brooklyn Dodger and New York Giants Uniforms:  combine their powers, and like Captain Planet, you’ve got the perfect uniform.

    Orange, Blue and Grey make up the uniform, with “New York” written classily in script.

    The “New York,” player names and numbers are all written in Dodger blue and outlined in Giant Orange.

    Again, the perfect marriage of New York National League baseball.

Oakland Athletics: 1970s Road Uni

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    There was a lot to choose with the A’s over the course of the past century of Athletic baseball, but the road uniforms of the 70’s stand out.

    The Uniform is Athletic Green with “A’s” written in white with gold outlining on the front.  The sleeves have green and gold stripes which add a nice touch to the uniform

    The back too has the player number in white and gold, with the player name in white above it.

Philadelphia Phillies: 1970s Road Uniform

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    LOS ANGELES - 1986:  Mike Schmidt #20 of the Philadelphia Phillies steps toward first after a swing during a 1986 season game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mike Powell/Getty Images)
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    The Phillies used to rock a powder blue uniform that like many other teams of the 70s and 80s.

    The top also featured red and white stripes going down the shoulder blade and side of the pants.

    The patriotic coloring fit the Phillies well, as they represent the city where our nation was born, as well as our national pastime.

Pittsbirgh Pirates: 1970s Gold Uniform

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    This jersey may not have been the most attractive, but it stands out among the century plus of Pirate baseball.

    No uniform screamed the 1970s like this uni, with its all gold jersey and pants, with “Pirates” written in black on the front.

    The player number was also in black on the front.

    The uniform was completed by a black and gold cap with the pirate logo on it.

San Diego Padres: 1990s Road Uniform

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    7 Jun 1998:  Trevor Hoffman #51 of the San Diego Padres in action during an interleague game against the Texas Rangers at The Ball Park in Arlington, Texas.  The Padres defeated the Rangers 17-8. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Dunn  /Allsport
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    It’s easy to pick the ugly multicolored uniform of the late 70’s, but I’m going to go the 1990s route because of the blending of blue and orange on the road jersey.

    “San Diego” is written in blue and orange on the front of the jersey creating a very attractive logo on an otherwise, standard grey road jersey.

    The royal blue cap also had the interlocking “SD” logo, with the “S” in white and the “D” in orange. 

San Francisco Giants: 2001 Alternate Road Jersey

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    5 Oct 2001:  Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants waves to the crowd during a ceremony honoring his 72nd homerun at Pac Bell Park in San Francisco, California. < DIGITAL IMAGE> Mandatory Credit: Jed Jacobsohn/ALLSPORT
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    The Giants did not wear this uniform for long which is a shame.  

    It is a simple black and orange jersey that says “San Francisco” on the front do the jersey in black lettering outlined in Orange. 

    The collar and armband both feature an orange stripe on the jersey which matches the interlocking “SF” logo on the all black hat.

Seattle Mariners: Original Home Uniform

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    This may be one of the nicest uniforms in baseball history.

    The uniform is white, with “Mariners” and the player number written in aqua blue and outlined in yellow on the front of the jersey.

    The collar features a blue stripe with a smaller yellow one in the middle of it, which matches in the armbands.

    The “M” in Mariners appears as the Mariners then logo, which also appears in Yellow on the matching aqua blue cap.

St. Louis Cardinals: Current Alternate

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    Not much is different between the Cardinals’ home uniform and their alternate uniform.

     The uniform has an all-white shirt and pants, with “Cardinals” in red lettering.

    Two cardinals are perched on top of a bat which goes through the “C.”

    The difference that makes the alternate uni stand out is the cap, which is blue with a red bill.  A cardinal perched on a bat also appears on the hat.

Tampa Bay Rays: 2009 Alternate

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    ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 12:  Third baseman Evan Longoria #3 of the Tampa Bay Rays squats in the infield in the game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on August 12, 2009 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California.  The Angels won 10-5.  (Photo by Stephen
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    The 2009 Rays alternate uniform features a navy blue jersey  and cap with white pants.

    “Rays” is written a white outline in the front of the jersey, along with a gold and white Ray logo.


    The player number on the back of the jersey is written the same as Rays on the front, and the player name is in white lettering on the back

    The cap also features a “TB.” 

Texas Rangers: Blue Alternate

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    TORONTO - MAY 15: Scott Feldman #39 of the  of the Texas Rangers walks off after getting pulled during a MLB game against the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre May 15, 2010 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)
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    The Rangers have worn a blue alternate uniform for almost a decade.

    It consists of a blue top with “Texas” written in white and outlined in red.  

    The Texas State flag is present on the left sleeve, along with a white stripe on each sleeve.  

    The hat is a simple blue, with a “T” written like on the jersey.

Toronto Blue Jays: Original Road Uniform

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    TORONTO BLUE JAYS INFIELDER ROBERTO ALOMAR MAKES A CATCH IN THE OUTFIELD DURING THE BLUE JAYS GAME AT THE SKYDOME IN TORONTO, CANADA. MANDATORY CREDIT: RICK STEWART/ALLSPOR
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    Powder blue unis rule, and the Jays original road uniform is no exception.

    The powder blue jersey and pants features blue and white stripes throughout.

    The blue and white cap features the original Blue Jay logo on the white part, which makes the log stand out.

    What really makes this jersey cool is the way the number is written in blue and white stripes on the back of the jersey.

Washington Nationals: Expos' Final Home Uniform

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    MONTREAL - MAY 24:  Zach Day #54 of the Montreal Expos pitches during the game against the Atlanta Braves at Olympic Stadium on May 24 , 2004  in Montreal, Canada.  The Braves won 5-0.  (Photo by Charles Laberge/Getty Images)
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    Somebody has to show the Expos some love.

    If not for the strike in 1994, there might still be baseball in Montreal, so let’s call this reparations.

    The Expos’ home uniform is all white with blue pinstripes on both the jersey and pants.

    “Expos” is featured on the front of the jersey, along with the player number, both written in blue and outlined in red.  

    The left sleeve features the team logo.

    The cap is all blue, and features an “M” written in red, white and blue.