In recent years we’ve seen a multitude of uniform designs in the major professional sports. But is that a good thing?
Since the 1980s, many sports have had “throwback” unis, and as far back as the 1960s we saw the arrival of “alternate” jerseys or mix-and-match options. The Kansas City Royals famously introduced multiple color options to go with their vest uniform, for example.
Of all the team sports, baseball has seen the most experimentation.
By the 1970s, most Major League Baseball teams had adopted polyester uniforms, and many had chosen to replace old-fashioned leather belts with multi-colored elastic waistbands. Who can forget Al Kaline getting into this late in his career?
Detroit’s Al Kaline wears a polyester road uniform in 1973, with an elastic waistband.
That Detroit road uniform basically stayed in place for another 15 years after it was introduced in 1972. Luckily for Al, no matter he wore on the field, he was all class.
City Connect Uniforms
In the 1990s, some MLB teams experimented with a concept called “Turn Ahead The Clock,” where they outfitted their players in futuristic designs for a game or a series. Here are some examples:
Ken Griffey Jr. in a Turn Ahead The Clock uniform in 1998.
An unidentified and rightfully embarrassed Kansas City player wearing a Turn Ahead The Clock uniform in 1998.
The Turn Ahead The Clock promotions were interesting, but didn’t really catch on.
The City Connect Series from Nike seems to be more popular. It started in 2021 when MLB commissioned Nike to make uniforms for a select number of teams, to be worn during special series once that season. Each year, a few MLB teams will get a City Connect uniform.
In 2021, seven teams for City Connect uniform designs: the Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Miami Marlins, and San Francisco Giants.
This year, seven more MLB teams: the Colorado Rockies, Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels, Milwaukee Brewers, San Diego Padres, and Washington Nationals, will get the treatment.
The Detroit Tigers are reportedly slated to get a City Connect uniform sometime in 2023.
What do you think of the City Connect uniforms? Are they ugly or art? Hate them or love them? Tell us in the comments section.