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Pinstripes on a baseball uniform have been around for a long time and nearly every MLB franchise has donned them at some point.  Of course, not every team looks good in them and is not a necessity.  As of the 2019 MLB season, only 6 of the 30 clubs have pinstripes on their home uniforms (Yankees, Mets, Cubs, White Sox, Phillies, and Rockies).

 

I can memorize what teams wore from the 1960s to today in my head.  However, I had to browse through the Dressed to the Nines website to see what teams wore from the 1900s to the 1950s.  Pinstripes were quite common in the 1910s and 1920s and even some of the teams one would least expect, such as the Red Sox, Dodgers, and Cardinals, had them at some point.

 

The team by team order is based pre-expansion National League, pre-expansion American League, and the expansion teams that have debuted since the 1960s.

 

== The original 8 teams of the National League ==

 

Braves (Bos/Mil/Atl) – The Boston Braves were the first team to have pinstripes on their road uniforms in 1907.  However, these uniforms lasted only one season. The next set of uniforms the Braves had pinstripes on their uniforms was during the 1913 season on their dark gray road set.  This set lasted 2 more seasons.  In 2015, the Braves added a home pinstriped alternate uniforms and this uniform would be the club’s primary home uniform the following season.  This look lasted through the 1920 season.  The Braves’ 1921-1923 uniforms did not feature pinstripes.  In 1924, pinstripes were added to the Braves’ home uniform.  In 1925, the Braves added a pinstriped road uniform.  Variations of this look lasted through the 1928 season.  From 1929 to 1936, none of the Braves uniforms had pinstripes.  In 1937, the Braves had a blue/yellow color scheme and had pinstripes on their home uniforms.  This look only lasted 2 seasons and would be the final time in the Boston era that the Braves donned pinstripes.  From 1939 to 1952, there were no pinstripes on the Braves uniforms.

http://exhibits.baseballhalloffame.org/dressed_to_the_nines/uniforms.asp?league=NL&city=Boston&lowYear=1900&highYear=1952&sort=year&increment=9

 

In 1953, the Braves relocated to Milwaukee.  Throughout their entire history in Milwaukee, the Braves did not wear pinstripes, the club had only two uniform sets between 1953 and 1965: the 1st set (dating back to 1946 when the team was in Boston and clearly the basis for the 1987-present uniforms) which lasted through the 1962 season and the 1963-1965 set.

 

In 1966, the Braves relocated from Milwaukee to their current home in Atlanta.  After 2 years of the Milwaukee-era set (but with a “A” hat instead of “M”), the Braves changed their uniforms in 1968 and home uniform featured pinstripes.  This look lasted 4 seasons before the Braves changed to a pullover-style uniforms which did not feature pinstripes (the ones that Hank Aaron hit his famous 715 home run in).  In 1976, the Braves changed their uniforms again which featured red pinstripes around the time Ted Turner bought ownership of the team.  This look lasted 4 seasons and remains the most recent set to include pinstripes as the 1980-1986 pullover/powder blue set and the 1987-present traditional sets don’t have them.

http://exhibits.baseballhalloffame.org/dressed_to_the_nines/uniforms.asp?league=NL&city=Atlanta&lowYear=1966&highYear=1979&sort=year&increment=9

 

Reds – The Reds first donned pinstripes in 1914 where only the road grays had them.  An alternate pinstriped home version was included in 1919 and 1920.  The pinstriped home whites were not worn in 1921 but would become the new home uniforms in 1922.  Variations of this look lasted through 1925.  In 1926, the Reds added navy to their color scheme and had new uniforms, which also contained pinstripes.  This look lasted through the 1929 season.  In 1930, navy was dropped from the color scheme, but pinstripes remained on the Reds uniforms for the next 2 seasons. 

 

In 1932, the Reds had new uniforms which did not contain pinstripes.  In fact, none of the Reds uniforms between 1932 and 1957 contained pinstripes.  In 1958, the Reds added pinstripes to their sleeveless home uniforms, which debuted in 1956.  Variations of the sleeveless pinstriped look would last through the 1966 seasons.  In 1967, the Reds had new uniforms which featured pinstripes on the home whites.  However, pinstripes were removed on the set that would last through the 1971 season.  The 1972-1992 pullover uniforms did not feature pinstripes.

http://exhibits.baseballhalloffame.org/dressed_to_the_nines/uniforms.asp?league=NL&city=Cincinnati&lowYear=1914&highYear=1969&sort=year&increment=9

 

In 1993, the Reds got new uniforms.  Not only did these uniforms featured pinstripes on the uniforms but also on the caps.  In addition, the Reds reintroduced the sleeveless/vest style that hadn’t been seen on a baseball field since 1970 (when the Pirates had them during the 1st half of the season).  Not only did the Reds home uniforms had pinstripes, the road grays had them as well (although the road grays were not sleeveless.)  This look lasted through the 1998 season.  In 1999, the Reds had new uniforms and added black to their color scheme.  Unlike the 1993-1998 set, the 1999 uniforms were sleeveless on both the home and the road uniform. But the road uniforms did not have pinstripes. The Reds’ "black for black's sake" (BFBS) period lasted through the 2006 season.  The uniforms the Reds have worn since 2007 don’t feature pinstripes.

 

In 1993, the Reds wore 1925 throwbacks (which have pinstripes) against the Pirates (who also participated).  In 2009, the Reds wore pinstriped 1964 throwbacks against the White Sox (who also wore their 1964 powder blue throwbacks).  More recently this year (2019), the Reds will wear throwbacks (Some of them featuring pinstripes) as the club celebrates its 150th season.

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Cubs - The Cubs first added pinstripes on their uniforms was during the 1907 World Series.  Their regular season uniforms did not feature them.  The 1908 uniform set included a gray pinstriped road set.   The 1909 and 1910 uniform sets also included pinstripes on the road grays.  In 1911, the Cubs new road uniforms included pinstripes on the home white. However, the road sets were solid navy and did not feature pinstripes.  This look only lasted 2 seasons and the Cubs uniforms of 1913 and 1914 did not feature pinstripes.  In 1918, the Cubs’ one season only “UBS” look had pinstripes on both the home and road jerseys.

 

The Cubs uniforms of 1919-1920 may have pinstripes on the home whites (can’t tell from the picture).  The Cubs’ new uniforms in 1921 did not have pinstripes.  In 1922 & 1923, the Cubs road uniforms had pinstripes.  From 1924 to 1929, the Cubs uniforms did not feature pinstripes.  In 1930, the Cubs had an alternate home pinstriped uniform.  There were no pinstripes in 1931, but another pinstriped alternate home uniform was introduced in 1932 and was also worn the following season.  From 1934 to 1956, none of the Cubs uniforms contained pinstripes.

http://exhibits.baseballhalloffame.org/dressed_to_the_nines/uniforms.asp?league=NL&city=Chicago&lowYear=1900&highYear=1960&sort=year&increment=9

 

In 1957, pinstripes were featured in the new home whites, which would be the basis of every Cubs home uniform since, from the pullovers of the 70s & 80s, beefing up the primary logo in 1979, adding names to the back of the jerseys in 1993 and so on.  The only time Cubs would add pinstripes on the road uniforms was from 1978 to 1981, during their pullover/powder blue period. 

The Cubs wore 1918 pinstriped throwbacks in a game against the host Red Sox (who also wore throwbacks) at Fenway Park in 2011, as the two clubs celebrated the 1918 World Series between them.  In 2013, the Cubs wore their 1909 gray pinstriped throwbacks against the host Mariners, who wore throwbacks of one the Seattle minor league teams of the early 20th Century as the team did not exist until 1977. In 2014, the Cubs celebrated 100 years at Wrigley Field and wore throwbacks (some of them featuring pinstripes) from the team’s long history, such as a 1969 throwback game against the Braves (who also wore their 1969 uniforms).

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Cardinals - The Cardinals first added pinstripes in 1918 on both the home and road uniforms.  This look lasted 2 seasons.  The 1920-1921 and 1922 (the 1st with the birds on bat script, a staple of many Cardinals uniforms since) sets did not have pinstripes.  In 1923, the Cardinals added a gray pinstriped alternate uniform.  This uniform became the permanent road uniform the following season and the Cardinals would wear a pinstriped gray road uniform through the 1929 season.

 

In 1927, the Cardinals had a new pinstriped uniform in 1927 with the words “World Champions” on both sets as the team won the World Series the previous season.  In 1928, the home jersey no longer featured “World Champions” and the road set was replaced with the 1924-1926 road set although the Cardinals also wore a non-pinstriped version of the road grays.  1929 would be the last time the Cardinals would ever don a pinstriped uniform as every regular uniform the club has ever worn since do not feature pinstripes.

http://exhibits.baseballhalloffame.org/dressed_to_the_nines/uniforms.asp?league=NL&city=St.+Louis&lowYear=1918&highYear=1930&sort=year&increment=9

 

In 2011, the Cardinals wore pinstriped Negro League throwbacks against the Pirates (also wearing Negro League throwbacks).

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Phillies – A franchise known for their pinstriped home jerseys but during much of their pre-1950 history, the team did not wear pinstripes that often.  The Phillies first wore pinstriped uniforms in 1921 both at home and on the road.  This look lasted 2 seasons.  The uniforms the Phillies wore in 1923 also had pinstripes on both the home and road sets but this set only lasted a single season.  The uniforms the Phillies wore between 1924 and 1949 did not feature pinstriped.

http://exhibits.baseballhalloffame.org/dressed_to_the_nines/uniforms.asp?league=NL&city=Philadelphia&lowYear=1900&highYear=1950&sort=year&increment=9

 

In 1950, the Phillies new uniforms featured red pinstripes on the home whites.  In fact, every Phillies home uniform since has pinstripes. The 1950 Phillies uniform had a long 20-year run, lasting through the 1969 season.  In 1970, the Phillies had new pinstriped uniforms and changed their primary color from red to maroon.  Variations of this look (from powder blue on the road in 1973, zippers in 1974, buttons returning in 1987 and gray replacing powder blue in 1989) lasted though the 1991 season.  In 1992, the Phillies changed their look to a modernized version of what the club wore from 1950 to 1969 as red returned as their primary color.  The Phillies still wear these uniforms today.

 

In 1991, the Phillies (in what would be the final year of the maroon look) wore 1950s throwbacks (almost foreshadowing what the team would wear when they changed their look the following season) in a game against the Reds (also wearing sleeveless throwbacks and would adopt the sleeveless look 2 seasons later).  That game was likely the first “Turn Back the Clock” game where BOTH teams participated. In 2002, the Phillies wore 70s pinstriped throwbacks against the Braves (wearing the Hank Aaron-era blue throwbacks).  In 2011, the Phillies wore 1984 throwbacks against the Padres (who actually wore the 1980-1983 pullover uniforms as the 1984 version had belts and buttons on the jersey.)  In 2014, the Phillies wore their 70s/80s throwbacks again in a “90s Night” throwback game against the Diamondbacks (who wore their 1998-2000 black jersey/gray pinstriped pants combo).  The Phillies only wore the maroon pinstriped look in the 1st 2 years of the 90s and the Diamondbacks did not exist until 1998.  In 2016, the Phillies wore 1970s throwbacks against the Brewers (who wore their 70s powder blue road uniforms.)

 

Reds @ Phillies from 1991 (YouTube link)

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Pirates – The Pirates first wore pinstriped uniforms in 1912, wearing them on both home and on the road.  The team also wore pinstriped uniforms in 1913 and 1914.  From 1915 to 1976, the Pirates did not don pinstripes on any of their uniforms in such a long period. 

http://exhibits.baseballhalloffame.org/dressed_to_the_nines/uniforms.asp?league=NL&city=Pittsburgh&lowYear=1912&highYear=1977&sort=year&increment=9

 

In 1977, the Pirates debuted a wild mix-and-match black and gold uniform set that included home white pinstriped, gold, and black jerseys.  The pinstripes were gold with black trim rather than a simple black or gold stripe.  This look lasted through the 1979 season, where the Pirates won the World Series.  In 1980, the pinstripes were removed from the home white jerseys, but the gold and black mix-and-match style would remain through the 1984 season

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The Pirates’ more traditional pullover style of 1985-1990 and the 1991-1996 button-down style did not have pinstripes.  In 1997, the Pirates introduced a new logo and had new uniforms.  The new road uniforms were a pinstriped version of the 1991-1996 road set while the home jerseys did not have pinstripes.  This look lasted through 2000, the final season at Three Rivers Stadium. 

In 2001, the Pirates not only opened a new stadium (PNC Park), but also new sleeveless uniforms based on what the club wore in the 1950s and 1960s.  These uniforms did not feature pinstripes.  In 2005, the Pirates added a pinstriped version of the home whites as an alternate uniform.  These uniforms would be occasionally before being retired after the 2010 season although the Pirates scrapped their sleeveless uniforms in 2009.

 

In 2005, the Pirates wore throwbacks of the Negro Leagues’ Pittsburgh Crawfords, which have pinstripes, against the Mets (who were also wearing Negro League throwbacks).  In 2008, the Pirates wore the pinstriped Negro League throwbacks again, this time against the Rays (who also wore Negro League throwbacks, that of the Jacksonville Red Caps).  They wore the pinstriped Crawfords uniforms once again in a 2010 Negro League throwback game against the Tigers (who wore the pinstriped Detroit Stars uniforms).

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In 2009, the Pirates celebrated the 30th anniversary of the 1979 World Series championships and wore the white pinstriped jersey/black pants combo in a game against the Reds (who also participated and wore their 1979 uniforms). In 2010, the Pirates wore their 1970s white pinstriped throwbacks in a game against the A’s (who also donned their 70s throwbacks)

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Giants (NY/San Fran) – The New York Giants first wore pinstripes in the 1911 season, both at home and on the road.  The team also wore pinstripes uniforms through the 1915 season.  In 1916, the Giants had new uniforms and replaced the pinstripes with pink plaid, although the pinstriped uniform was still worn. Plaid baseball uniforms never caught on and only lasted one season.  In 1917, the Giants had new uniforms which had pinstripes on the home whites and a checkered-like pattered on the road grays.  The 1918 home whites had pinstripes while the road grays did not.  The Giants changed their look again in 1919 and pinstripes were present on both the home and road uniforms.  This look lasted another season and the Giants changed again in 1912, where only the home whites had pinstripes.  The new look lasted 2 seasons and another uniform change happened in 1923, where the new uniforms had pinstripes on both the home jersey and the away jersey.  In 1924, the Giants added an alternate uniform which also had pinstripes.

 

In 1925, the Giants had another uniform change and both uniforms had pinstripes.  In 1926, the Giants changed yet again and both uniforms featured pinstripes.  This look lasted another season.  In 1928, the Giants had new home uniforms which did not have pinstripes while the away jerseys remained the same.  This look remained for another season.  In 1930, the pinstriped road grays were replaced with a non-pinstriped version of the road grays.  In 1931, the pinstriped home uniform returned.  In 1932, the Giants had a new pinstriped home uniform.  This would the final time the Giants would don a pinstriped uniform as every NY Giants uniform from 1933 to 1957 did not feature pinstripes.

http://exhibits.baseballhalloffame.org/dressed_to_the_nines/uniforms.asp?league=NL&city=New+York&lowYear=1911&highYear=1933&sort=year&increment=9

 

Since relocating to San Francisco in 1958, the Giants have never worn a regular uniform that had pinstripes.  However, they did wear 1925 throwbacks (which had pinstripes) in a Turn Back the Clock game against the Cubs (who did not participate and wore their regular road set) in 1991.  In 2008, the Giants wore Negro League throwback (that had pinstripes) in a game against the Royals (also wearing pinstripes).  In 2012, the Giants wore pinstriped 1912 throwbacks against the Cubs (who also participated wearing their all-navy uniforms of that season). 

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Dodgers – The Brooklyn Dodgers wore a checkered dark gray road uniform in 1909.  The team first donned pinstripes for the first time on their away grays in 1911.  From 1912 to 1915, the Dodgers had pinstripes on both the home and road sets.  In 1916, the Dodgers replaced the pinstriped with a checked pattered.  The Dodgers also spotted a checked design in 1917.  Pinstripes returned to the uniforms in 1918.  In 1919, only the home whites had pinstripes.  From 1920 to 1924, the Dodgers had pinstripes on both the home and road uniforms.  In 1925, the Dodgers had new uniforms which had pinstripes on the home set and no pinstripes on the road set.  1926 saw another uniform change and both the home and road sets had pinstripes.  This look lasted another season. 

 

In 1928, the Dodgers had pinstriped home jerseys and checkered away jerseys.  In 1929, the Dodgers had pinstriped home uniforms and the new road uniforms had no pinstripes.  In 1930, the Dodgers’ pinstriped uniforms remained while the new road uniforms had no pinstripes.  In 1931, the Dodgers changed their uniforms yet again and the new sets contained no pinstripes.  In 1932, the Dodgers had yet another uniform change which featured pinstripes on the home whites and no pinstripes on the road sets.  The Dodgers also had an alternate home pinstriped uniform which would be the main home uniform in 1933. 

 

In 1934, the Dodgers’ new uniform contained uniforms.  In 1935, pinstripes were added to the home whites.  This look would last another season and 1936 would be the last year the Dodgers donned a pinstriped uniform.  The 1937 uniforms had no pinstripes as did the 1938 uniforms, which would be the beginning of defining the Dodger look that has lasted to this day.  Since relocating to Los Angeles in 1958, the Dodgers have never worn a pinstriped regular uniform.

http://exhibits.baseballhalloffame.org/dressed_to_the_nines/uniforms.asp?league=NL&city=Brooklyn&lowYear=1900&highYear=1940&sort=year&increment=9

 

Next up, the 8 original American League teams.

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== The Original 8 teams of the American League ==

 

Yankees – The team most people associated with when it comes to pinstripes on baseball uniforms.  The Yankees first wore pinstripes on their home uniforms in 1912.  The road uniforms did not feature pinstripes.  On a side note, the team actually wore those away throwbacks against the Red Sox, who were celebrating 100 years at Fenway Park, in 2012.  One of two times the ultra-traditional Yankees participated in Turn Back the Clock games.

 

Pinstripes were not present on the Yankees home uniforms in 1913 and 1914.  Pinstripes would return in 1915 and on every Yankee home uniform ever since.  In 1916, the Yankees had a pinstriped road gray uniform and would last another season before being retired.  When the pinstriped home uniform returned in 1915, the famous “NY” interlocking logo was featured in the chest.  The logo was removed in 1917 but would return permanently in 1936.  The Yankees also sported a pinstriped home cap in 1915, 1916, 1919, and 1921.

http://exhibits.baseballhalloffame.org/dressed_to_the_nines/uniforms.asp?league=AL&city=New+York&lowYear=1912&highYear=1940&sort=year&increment=9

 

Red Sox – Even the Yankees’ most hated rival wore pinstripes in its early years.  The Red Sox first wore pinstriped uniform in 1912.  The uniforms were originally an alternate but were made the primary home uniform in 1913.  There was also an alternate road pinstriped gray uniform in 1912 but were scrapped the following season.  In 1916, pinstripes were removed from the Red Sox but were added on the away grays.  This look lasted through the 1918 season.

 

The Red Sox did not don pinstripes in 1919 or 1920 but pinstripes returned to the uniforms (both home and road) in 1920.  Both the home and road sets would go back and forth with pinstripes or no pinstripes for the next several years.  In 1924, pinstripes were removed from the home uniform but came back in the 1927 season.  Pinstripes were removed again from the home uniform in 1929 but came back in 1931.  In 1932 pinstripes were removed from the uniforms and the Red Sox would never wear a pinstriped uniform ever again.  The 1933 home uniforms would be the beginning of the defined Red Sox look.

http://exhibits.baseballhalloffame.org/dressed_to_the_nines/uniforms.asp?league=AL&city=Boston&lowYear=1912&highYear=1940&sort=year&increment=9

 

In 2002, the Red Sox wore Negro League throwbacks (the Boston Royal Giants, which donned pinstripes) against the Blue Jays (who also wore Negro League throwbacks)

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White Sox – The White Sox first donned pinstripes in 1912 on the home whites.  Variations of this look lasted through the 1916 season.  In 1916, the White Sox added a pinstriped road gray uniform as an alternate.  In 1917, 3 of the 4 uniforms the White Sox wore had pinstripes: home white, road gray and road all-black (or all-navy).  The club also had a non-pinstriped version of the home whites, which was later worn as a throwback jersey in 2001.  In 1918, pinstripes were removed from the White Sox’s uniforms but the home white pinstriped uniforms returned as an alternate in 1919 (the year they fixed the World Series).  In 1920, the pinstriped home uniforms became the primary but were dropped the next year.  There were no pinstripes between 1921 and 1924.  In 1925, the Whites Sox donned an all-navy pinstriped road uniform but it lasted only one season.  The 1926 uniforms featured no pinstripes.  In 1927, the White Sox new road uniforms had pinstripes.  This look lasted another season.

http://exhibits.baseballhalloffame.org/dressed_to_the_nines/uniforms.asp?league=AL&city=Chicago&lowYear=1912&highYear=1930&sort=year&increment=9

 

From 1929 to 1950, none of the White Sox uniforms contained pinstripes.  In 1951, the White Sox’s new uniforms had pinstripes and a black/red color scheme.  Unlike most of their previous looks, this look would remain largely consistent, lasting through the 1963 season.  In 1964, red was removed from the White Sox’ color scheme and the team added powder blue road uniforms.  However, pinstripes remained on the home uniforms.  In 1967, the White Sox changed their primary color from black to navy blue but still had pinstripes on their home uniforms.  In 1969, the White Sox had new uniforms and the new home whites had no pinstripes but this look only lasted two seasons.  In 1971, the White Sox changed their uniform again and made red the dominate color (quite an awkward choice for a team named the White Sox to being wearing RED SOCKS considering the other “SOX” team that plays in Boston). These new uniforms had red pinstripes on the home set.  This set reminds me of the what the Phillies would wear during that time, from the zippers to the powder blue road sets.   This particular White Sox look lasted from 1971 to 1975.

http://exhibits.baseballhalloffame.org/dressed_to_the_nines/uniforms.asp?league=AL&city=Chicago&lowYear=1951&highYear=1975&sort=year&increment=9

 

From 1976 to 1990, none of the White Sox uniforms, from the faux-early 20th century look (with the infamous shorts) from 1976-1981, the “Winning Ugly” Pepsi Can look of 1982-1986, and the 1987-1990 more traditional look with the “Curly E” C cap, had pinstripes.  In 1990 (the final year of the 1987-90 set), not only was this the last year of the original Comiskey Park, but also the White Sox would begin a new tradition to baseball:  Turn Ahead the Clock day.  In a game against the Brewers, the White Sox wore 1917 throwbacks (which featured pinstripes) as at the time it was their last World Series championship (until 2005).  The Brewers did not participate as the team did not exist yet in 1917 (debuting in 1969 as the Seattle Pilots and relocating the following year to Milwaukee) and wore their regular road set. 

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It was also in the 1990 season that the White Sox debuted what the team would be wearing when they moved to their new stadium New Comiskey Park/US Cellular Field the following season.  The new black and silver color scheme and pinstriped uniforms (Based on what the club wore in the 1950s and 1960s) were so well-received that the team actually wore them (both the home and road sets) during the final month of the 1990 season.

 

In 1991, the White Sox moved to their new stadium with their new black pinstriped uniforms, which are still worn by the club today (though with some tweaks, especially on the road grays).  In 1999, the White Sox wore a sleeveless version of the home pinstriped uniform as an alternate jersey.  The sleeveless look would be occasionally worn through the 2007 season and it was retired after that season.  In 2006, the White Sox, wore a green version of their home pinstriped uniforms during a promotion called “Half-Way to St. Patrick’s Day”.  Not sure if the they still wear those. 

 

In 2005, The White Sox also wore throwbacks of the 1951-1963 look in an Interleague series against the Dodgers (their opponent in the 1959 World Series), honoring the 1959 World Series, which at the time was not only the White Sox’ last World Series appearance, it was also the last Fall Classic held in Chicago as the city also has the Cubs (1945,  but finally broke through in 2016).  Of course, the White Sox ended 88 years of misery winning the World Series that season.  In 2012, the White Sox wore throwbacks of the 1971-1975 red pinstriped look.

 

The White Sox also have worn Negro League throwbacks of the Chicago American Giants, wearing all-navy pinstriped uniforms in 2009 against the Royals, who wore the pinstriped-KC-Monarchs throwbacks.  The White Sox wore the same uniforms in a Negro League throwback game against the Tigers (wearing the pinstriped Detroit Stars uniforms) in 2011 and again in 2016.

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Tigers – The Tigers had a pinstriped uniform in 1912 and was also worn in 1913.  The pinstripes were removed in 1914 but came back in 1915 and 1916. The pinstripes were removed again in 1917.  The Tigers had new uniforms in 1918 which contained pinstripes but the Ol’ English “D” logo most associated with the team was replaced with another “D” logo.  This look lasted through the 1920 season.  In 1921, the Tigers had new uniforms and reintroduced the Ol’ English “D” logo on the chest.  The new home pinstripes greatly resemble the Yankees.  However, the road grays had no pinstripes.  This new look lasted through the 1924 season.  Pinstripes were removed from the uniform in 1925 but came back in 1926. 

http://exhibits.baseballhalloffame.org/dressed_to_the_nines/uniforms.asp?league=AL&city=Detroit&lowYear=1900&highYear=1940&sort=year&increment=9

 

None of the Tigers’ uniforms from 1927 to 1930 had pinstripes.  In 1931, the Tigers had new uniforms and both the home and road sets had pinstripes.  Also note that the home whites had a “DETROIT” script rather than the famed Ol’ English “D” logo.  This look lasted just 3 seasons and in 1934 the Tigers had new uniforms with the home uniforms (with the Ol’ English “D” logo) remaining largely unchanged (except in 1960) since then.  The Tigers have not worn a regular pinstriped uniform since.  However, the team has annually honored the Negro Leagues since the 2000s and has worn the throwback uniforms of the Detroit Stars, which usually have pinstripes. 

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Indians – The Indians appeared to have worn pinstriped road grays in 1908 and 1909.  Pinstripes were removed from the away grays in 1910.  In 1915, the Indians had new uniforms and both the home and road sets.  Variations of this look lasted through the 1920 season.  In 1921, the Indians had new uniforms (without pinstripes) that sported “World Champions” as the club won the World Series the previous season.  The Indians would not don a pinstriped uniform until 1929, where the road grays had pinstripes.  This look would last through the 1936 although their home uniforms changed in 1933 and again in 1936.  In 1939, pinstripes would be removed from the road uniforms. 

http://exhibits.baseballhalloffame.org/dressed_to_the_nines/uniforms.asp?league=AL&city=Cleveland&lowYear=1908&highYear=1971&sort=year&increment=9

 

The Indians would not wear another pinstriped uniform until 1958 on the home whites.  This look would last through the 1962 season.  The 1963-1969 sleeveless set did not have pinstripes.  The Indians wore pinstripes again in 1970, which were featured only on the home sets as the away set featured no pinstripes.  In 1971, the team changed its uniforms again, and likewise included pinstripes on the home whites.  This would be the last time the Indians would wear a regular pinstriped uniform as every uniform change that the club has had since 1972 do not feature pinstripes. 

 

In 2010, the Indians wore 1920 pinstriped throwback uniforms against the Nationals (wearing Senators throwbacks of that year).

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Orioles/STL Browns – Despite the St. Louis Browns/Baltimore Orioles franchise being around over 100 years, the franchise has only donned a pinstriped uniform just once.  In 1910, the St. Louis Browns had pinstriped gray road uniforms that lasted only one season. Since becoming the Baltimore Orioles in 1954, the club has never donned a pinstriped regular uniform.

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Athletics (Phi/KC/Oak) – The Philadelphia Athletics first donned a pinstriped road gray uniform in 1909, that would only last one season.  Pinstripes were removed the following season but would return in 1914.  This look lasted until 1918, when pinstripes were removed again.  Pinstriped were also on the road grays in 1915 and 1916.  In 1920, the A’s had new uniforms (with an elephant on the chest rather than an “A”) that had pinstripes on the home jerseys.  This look only lasted one season and would be the final time the Athletics had pinstripes when they were in Philadelphia.

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In 1955, the A’s relocated to Kansas City and only donned pinstripes once during the 1961 season.  Those uniforms greatly resemble the Yankees.  It also didn’t help that the team, which was playing poorly during the time, were seen as a farm team to the Yankees, who were the dominant team in the American League.  The Athletics relocated again to Oakland in 1968.  To this day, the Oakland Athletics have never worn a regular pinstriped uniform.

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Twins/1st Wash. Senators – The 1st version of the Washington Senators wore pinstripes in 1912 on both their home and road uniforms.  This look lasted though the 1916 season.  In 1917, the Senators had new uniforms with also had pinstripes on both the home and road sets. This look would last through the 1925 season although pinstripes were removed from the road grays in 1924, the same year the team won the World Series.  Pinstripes would return on a Senators uniform in 1928.  The club would wear pinstripes on their home whites through the 1935 season.  Pinstripes would not return on a Senators uniform until 1942.  However, those uniforms just lasted one season and were replaced a non-pinstriped version of the home whites.  Pinstripes returned in 1948 when the Senators had new uniforms.  Pinstripes would remain during the franchise’s final years in Washington.

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In 1961, the Washington Senators relocated to Minnesota and renamed the Twins.  For most of the franchise’s history in Minnesota, the team has donned pinstripes.  The team’s first uniforms as the Twins featured navy pinstripes on the home whites.  This look would last through the 1971 season.  In 1972, the Twins had new pullover uniforms and ditched the pinstripes.  Variations of the pullover look would last through the 1986 season.

 

In 1987, the Twins debuted a new look, scrapping the pullovers and replacing powder blue road uniforms with traditional gray.  Not only did the home uniforms have pinstripes, so did the road grays.  It was rare for teams to pinstripes on their road uniforms.  The Twins ended up winning the World Series in their new look.  This look would last over two decades, lasting through the 2009 season.

 

In 2010, the Twins had new uniforms as they opened a new ballpark, Target Field, after nearly 30 years of indoor baseball at the Metrodome.  The new home uniforms had pinstripes and were basically an updated version of what the club had worn since 1987.  The road grays, however, were different and did not have pinstripes.  The same season, the Twins introduced 1960s throwbacks, which have pinstripes. In 2015, the Twins had new home uniforms which did not feature pinstripes.  However, the 1960s throwbacks continued to be worn until 2019, when they were replaced with a navy-blue alternate jersey.

 

Next up, the renaming teams. 

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== Expansion Era (1961-present) ==

 

Rangers/2nd Wash. Senators – After the original Washington Senators relocated to Minnesota after the 1960 season, an expansion team (also named the Senators) was created to take their place.  From 1961 to 1967, the 2nd incarnation of the Senators wore pinstripes on their uniforms (home jerseys only).  From their final years of 1968 to 1971, the club did not have pinstripes.

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In 1972, the 2nd Senators relocated to the Dallas area and renamed the Texas Rangers.  As of this day, the Texas Rangers have never worn a regular pinstriped uniform.

 

Angels - The Angels did not wear a pinstriped uniform until 1997.  Both the home whites and the away grays had pinstripes.  This look lasted through the 2001 season and was replaced with the uniforms the club still wears today.  The 1997-2001 navy/light blue pinstriped look proved to be very unpopular as they were the only the uniforms the Angels chose not to wear when the team wore throwbacks of each decade at every Friday home game in 2011.

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Mets – National League baseball returned to the Big Apple in 1962 after the departure of the Giants and Dodgers following the 1957 season.  Since debuting in 1962, the Mets uniforms haven’t changed too much (when compared to other teams like the White Sox, Indians, Padres, or Astros).  From pullover-style jerseys in 1978 (though they still wore belts), racing stripes in 1983, and a short-lived Dodger-like tail in 1993, the Mets’ home whites have always had pinstripes.  The Mets pinstripes and colors served as homage to New York baseball with blue representing the Brooklyn Dodgers, orange representing the New York Giants, and pinstripes representing their new crosstown rivals from the Bronx, the Yankees.

 

In 1997, the Mets introduced a non-pinstriped version of their home whites.  The following season, the non-pinstriped home whites were now worn with a black cap as the team added black to its colors.  Even those the classic blue pinstriped uniform with the blue cap was the Mets official home uniform, it seemed that the team was wearing non-pinstriped home whites with the black caps more often.

 

In 2010, the Mets got a new ballpark, Citi Field, and would slowly phase out their “Black for Black’s Sake” period.  The non-pinstriped home whites were now worn with the traditional blue caps instead of the black caps.  The pinstriped white uniforms were now off-white/cream instead of white, making the uniforms look like 1960s throwbacks.  In 2012, the cream pinstriped uniforms were promoted as the primary uniforms and by 2015 the color of the home uniforms changed from cream to white.

 

In 2002, the Mets wore 1986 throwbacks in a game against the Marlins, who wore throwbacks of the 1982 FSL Miami Marlins minor league team as the big-league Marlins did not exist until 1993.  In 2016, the Mets celebrated the 30th anniversary of the 1986 World Series Championship team and wore throwbacks on every Sunday home game that season.

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Astros – The Astros did not don a pinstriped uniform until 2000, when the team moved to its new home, Minute Made Park (then known as Enron Field).  The new uniforms featured a black/brick red/sand color scheme and home whites had black pinstripes.  The Astros also introduced a non-pinstriped version of the home whites worn with the brick red cap rather than the black cap.   Although this look is not as beloved as the team’s previous navy blue and orange looks of the past, the team was competitive in the early years of this look and made their first World Series appearance in 2005.  In 2013, the Astros (who moved to the AL after 50 years in the NL) got new uniforms (which are still worn today) that featured their traditional colors of navy blue and orange and no pinstripes.

 

Royals - Since debuting in 1969, the Royals have never worn a regular pinstriped uniform.  However, the team has often worn the throwbacks of Negro League team, the Kansas City Monarchs, since around 2001.  The Monarchs usually but not always had worn pinstripes. In 2007, the Royals wore all-dark-blue (Black?) pinstripes of the KC Monarchs in a game against the Brewers (wearing the pinstriped Milwaukee Bears throwbacks). It should be noted that the Negro League Museum is in Kansas City. 

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Padres – The Padres first wore a pinstriped uniform in 1985.  It was a radical change on what the team had worn before, the brown and mustard taco looks of the late 70s and early 80s.  The 1985 look was a traditional look with the home whites and road grays (though they looked light brown to me) had brown pinstripes.  Orange replace yellow/gold as the team’s secondary color.  This look lasted through the 1990 season.  The unused prototype 1985 uniform also had pinstripes.

 

In 1991, the Padres had new uniforms and replaced their long-time color brown with navy blue.  Orange remained as a secondary color and so did the pinstripes.  However, the new road grays did not have pinstripes.  This look would last through the 2003 season although the pinstriped home whites were replaced with a non-pinstriped white jersey that lacked orange in 2001 and was not worn in the 2002 or 2003 seasons. 

 

In 2004, the Padres sported a new navy/sand look as they opened up a new stadium, Petco Park.  Every uniform the team has worn since do not feature pinstripes, although the team has occasionally worn both the 1985-1990 and 1991-2001 throwbacks in recent seasons.  Such is the case in a 2007 game against the Giants (who wore their regular road uniforms) where the Padres wore 1998 pinstriped throwbacks.  In 2005, the Padres wore 1930s pinstriped throwbacks of the PCL Minor League Baseball club that bares the same name in a game against the Mariners (who also wore PCL throwbacks, the Seattle Rainers).  The Padres wore the same 30s throwbacks in 2011, this time against the Nationals (who were wearing throwbacks of the 1936 Senators). 

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Expos/Nationals – The Montreal Expos first worn pinstripes in 1992. The new uniforms were a departure on what the team had worn before (pinwheel hats and powder blue road uniforms).  Only the home whites had pinstripes as the new road grays had none.  This look would last through the 2004 season.

 

In 2005, the Montreal Expos relocated to Washington DC after years of low attendance as the team did not recover from the 1994 strike that cancelled the World Series (the Expos had the best record in baseball that year).  Washington DC had not fielded an MLB team since 1971 after the 2nd Senators relocated to Texas.  The franchise was now known as the Washington Nationals and every uniform the team has worn since have not featured pinstripes, although the team has occasionally worn throwbacks of both incarnations of the Washington Senators as both versions have donned pinstripes.

 

Brewers (& Pilots) – The one-year only Seattle Pilots did not don pinstripes in 1969.  After relocating to Milwaukee in 1970, the Brewers did not wear a pinstriped uniform until 1978.  The new pinstriped home uniforms also introduced the team’s famous “MB Glove” logo.  The road powder blues did not have pinstripes.  In 1990, the Brewers had new uniforms, ditching the pullover look the team had worn during much of the 1970s and 1980s.  The new home whites had pinstripes and would last through the 1993 season.  The 1994-1999 rebrand did not feature pinstripes on the home whites. 

 

In 2000, the Brewers had new uniforms and move to a new ballpark (Miller Park) the following season.  The new uniforms did not feature pinstripes.  In 2006, the Brewers introduced 80s throwbacks based on what the team wore in the 80s.  In reality, they were fauxbacks as the original 1978-1989 home whites were pullovers, lacked buttons, and had no name on back (NNOB) of the jerseys whereas the throwbacks the Brewers introduced had belts, buttons on the jerseys and names on back (NOB) on the jerseys.  The throwbacks continue to be worn by the Brewers today, although some fans want the MB Glove look to be the team’s permanent look and want the look the team has worn since 2000 retired.

 

In 2006, the Brewers wore pinstriped Negro League Milwaukee Bears throwbacks in a game against the Royals (also wearing Negro League uniforms).   They wore them in another Negro League throwback game against the Nationals (wearing the Homestead Grays uniforms).  The wore the pinstriped Milwaukee Bears throwbacks again, this time in 2013 against the Marlins (who also wore Negro League throwbacks.)

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In 2007, the Brewers wore the actual 1978-1989 pinstriped white throwbacks against the Cardinals (who wore their powder blue road uniforms) as the two teams honored the 25th anniversary of the 1982 World Series between the clubs as the Brewers were an AL team at the time.  In 2008, the Brewers wore them again in a game against the Mariners (who wore their early 80s powder blue uniforms). Nearly two decades earlier in 1993, the Brewers had a throwback game against the Rangers (its unknown if they participated as there is no image of them). 

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Blue Jays – Since debuting in 1977, the Blue Jays have never donned a pinstriped regular uniform.

 

Mariners – Much like the Blue Jays, the Mariners (also debuting in 1977) have never worn a pinstriped regular uniform

 

Rockies – The Rockies have worn pinstriped home uniforms every year since debuting in 1993. The home uniforms had had very little changes over the years.   In their inaugural year, the Rockies had no names on the back of their home whites but would add them the following year.  In 2000, numbers were added to the front of their jerseys.  The same year, pinstripes were added to the road gray uniforms.  The pinstriped road grays would be worn until 2012, when the pinstripes were removed. 

 

In 2002, the Rockies introduced an alternate white pinstriped uniform (which looked very similar to what the White Sox wear).  In 2005, the Rockies replaced their previous alternate pinstriped home uniform with a sleeveless version of the 2002-2004 alternate home pinstriped uniform the team had worn.  This alternate uniform would be retired after the 2011 season.

 

Marlins – Like their fellow 1993 expansion companions from Colorado, the then-Florida Marlins wore pinstripes when the club debuted in 1993.  Not only did Marlins’ home whites feature pinstripes but also their alternate sleeveless home whites featured them as well.  The road grays did not feature pinstripes, however.  In 1996, the Marlins slowly began to phase out teal in favor of black.  While the uniforms (both home and road) did not change from the 1993-1995 look, the Marlins replaced the teal caps with black caps.  Also, the sleeveless home jerseys were not worn with black undershirts instead of teal undershirts. 

 

In 2003, the Marlins further phased out teal and added even more black, adding a new black alternate uniform.  The new home white pinstripes, while not radically different from the 1993-2002 look, now had black pinstripes instead of teal ones.  The sleeveless alternate uniforms were retired and replaced with a sleeved pinstripes uniform with an alternate logo on the chest, similar to what teams like the Yankees and White Sox wear.  This alternate uniform lasted through the 2007 season and was retired afterwards.

 

In 2012, the Marlins were renamed the Miami Marlins and sported a radical new look along with a new stadium, Marlins Park.  Teal was gone entirely and replace with orange and sky blue was added as a 3rd color.  Black remained the team’s dominate color.  The Marlins new home whites did not feature pinstripes. This often-polarizing look lasted through 2018.  In 2019, the Marlins rebranded again with a black/sky blue/red (magenta?) color scheme.  The new home whites do not feature pinstripes.

 

Diamondbacks – When the Diamondbacks debuted in 1998, they donned pinstripes not only on their home whites but also their away jerseys as well.  The team also had a sleeveless home jersey that also had pinstripes.  The caps when wearing the sleeveless jersey were white but switched to purple the following season.  In 2001, the Diamondbacks replaced their 1998-2000 home jersey with a sleeved version of the sleeveless uniforms the team was already wearing.  I always assumed that the sleeveless uniforms were the team’s primary home uniform.  The new road uniforms (which were sleeveless) also had pinstripes. This look would last through the 2006 season.

 

In 2007, the Diamondbacks changed had new uniforms and changed their colors from purple/black/copper/teal to brick red/black/sand (similar to what the Astros were wearing at the time.)  The new home and road uniforms did not feature pinstripes.  This look would last through the 2015 season.  In 2011, the Diamondbacks celebrated the 10th year anniversary of their first World Series championship and wore 2001 throwbacks (the sleeveless version) in a game against the Padres.  They would eventually adopt the throwbacks as an alternate uniform.  In 2014, the Diamondbacks wore their 1998-2000 black alternate jerseys (with pinstriped pants) against the Giants (who wore gray alternate uniforms which were based on what the club wore in 1983-1993).

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In 2016, the Diamondbacks got new uniforms, which are polarizing to some fans/uniform geeks due to addition of really dark gray road uniforms among other changes.  The new uniforms do not have pinstripes but the 2001 throwbacks (which have pinstripes) were retained as an alternate jersey.

 

Rays – Since debuting in 1998, the Rays (formerly Devil Rays) have never worn a regular pinstriped uniform.  However, the team has occasionally worn throwbacks of Florida-based teams of the past. In a 1999 game against the Mets, the Rays wore throwbacks of the Cincinnati Reds' 1960s minor league affiliate, the Tampa Tarpons (which had pinstripes) while the Mets wore the uniforms of the 1969 World Series team.  In 2005, the Rays wore 1960s University of Tampa uniforms (which had pinstripes) against the Cardinals (wearing their 80s powder blue uniforms).  In 2007, the Rays wore 1955 throwbacks minor league St. Pete Saints, which had pinstripes in a game against the Dodgers, who wore their Brooklyn-era road jerseys.   In 2008, the Rays wore 1989 uniforms of the St. Petersburg Pelicans of the short-lived Senior Professional Baseball Association in a game against the Astros (who wore their infamous 70s/80s rainbow guts uniforms).  The Pelicans uniforms had maroon pinstripes. 

 

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And that’s the history of pinstripes in MLB uniforms.  Which teams look good or iconic in pinstripes and which teams should avoid them at all costs?  The six clubs that currently don them (Yankees, Mets, Cubs, White Sox, Phillies, and Rockies) should always keep them as those are classic looks, though the Rockies should embrace purple more.  The Twins should had kept the pinstripes as their current home whites are bland.  Some teams like the Reds, Padres, Brewers, or Marlins could go either way.  Others like the Red Sox, Tigers, Giants, Dodgers, Braves, and Cardinals should stay clear of them as those teams already have classic looks and don’t need them at all.  Thoughts?

 

Note: Most of the images are either from the Dressed to the Nines or Throwback Report blog.  Credit to the original sources.

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8 hours ago, disman00911 said:

Nearly two decades earlier in 1993, the Brewers had a throwback game against the Rangers (its unknown if they participated as there is no image of them). 

 

There are images.  Not great ones, but there are photos. 

 

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Although not a photo, this gives you an idea of what they looked like. 

 

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No pinstripes, so it doesn’t impact your project.  (And by the way, well done on putting all this together).

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I didn't realize the history of road pinstripes.  Kinda gives me second thoughts on my "NO PINSTRIPES ON THE ROAD, NO EXCEPTIONS!!!" stance.

 

One thing I'll never bend on is that the road shouldn't have pinstripes unless the home does - the late '90s Pirates were freaking absurd.

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This thread allows me to bring up my baseball uniform hot take - there's nothing wrong with road pinstripes. 

 

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all great!

 

and the only thing wrong with these

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was someone stupidly decided to place the number to the left of the wordmark. 

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Road pinstripes are awesome. That Twins jersey was one of my favorites growing up.

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10 hours ago, disman00911 said:

Indians – The Indians appeared to have worn pinstriped road grays in 1908 and 1909.  Pinstripes were removed from the away grays in 1910.  In 1915, the Indians had new uniforms and both the home and road sets.  Variations of this look lasted through the 1920 season.  In 1921, the Indians had new uniforms (without pinstripes) that sported “World Champions” as the club won the World Series the previous season.  The Indians would not don a pinstriped uniform until 1929, where the road grays had pinstripes.  This look would last through the 1936 although their home uniforms changed in 1933 and again in 1936.  In 1939, pinstripes would be removed from the road uniforms. 

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The Indians would not wear another pinstriped uniform until 1970, which were featured only on the home sets as the away set featured no pinstripes.  In 1971, the team changed its uniforms again, and likewise included pinstripes on the home whites.  This would be the last time the Indians would wear a regular pinstriped uniform as every uniform change that the club has had since 1972 do not feature pinstripes. 

 

In 2010, the Indians wore 1920 pinstriped throwback uniforms against the Nationals (wearing Senators throwbacks of that year).

The Indians wore home pinstripes (with sleeve numbers!) in the late '50s and early '60s -- Dressed to the Nines has it from 1958 to 1962.

 

They're actually one of my favorite Indians sets. It doesn't really jive with the franchise's uniform history, but it was a really sharp look.

 

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Thank you for making this thread. I knew the Cardinals had worn pinstripes in the 1920s, but I had no idea that they wore one that said "World Champions" on it. That's a bit more drastic than the recent trend of putting gold on uniforms after the World Series championship, isn't it? I agree that teams that don't regularly wear pinstripes should avoid adding them in the future.

 

Per what was said above, though, I did always like the Twins in pinstripes.

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Thank you for correcting me on the 1958-1962 Indians, crashcarson15.   The Dressed to the Nines illustrations (the pre-1995 ones anyway) are kind of blurry. I updated my original thread.

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6 hours ago, BringBackTheVet said:

 

One thing I'll never bend on is that the road shouldn't have pinstripes unless the home does - the late '90s Pirates were freaking absurd.

 

yeah that never made any sense. Why would you make your road uniform more dressed up than your home uniform? 

 

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made worse by wearing a gray hat that didn't have pinstripes. 

 

In a vacuum and with a black batting helmet on top, it looked pretty good. 

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I always liked that Pirates road set, partially for its sheer absurdity.  I mean, who wears road pinstripes but bright white homes?  The late 90s Pirates, that's who.

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It's a really nice script though, and deserves to be on a black or gold alt jersey. 

 

While I'm not a fan of the custom number font (the 7 looks exceptionally terrible, and there's just no need for it), overall their standard home and road are up there with any team's you can name.  Their alts are kind of a mess though.  Using that script on a black and/or gold jersey and scrapping everything else would salvage the whole set.

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3 hours ago, Discrimihater said:

I always liked that Pirates road set, partially for its sheer absurdity.  I mean, who wears road pinstripes but bright white homes?  The late 90s Pirates, that's who.

 

In my mind, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Oakland A's can get away with wearing just about anything.

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The Rangers once wore this uniform. It’s a fauxback to the 1963-67 Washington Senators uniforms. I can’t find any information about them aside from pictures.

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On 4/3/2019 at 8:49 AM, crashcarson15 said:

The Indians wore home pinstripes (with sleeve numbers!) in the late '50s and early '60s -- Dressed to the Nines has it from 1958 to 1962.

 

They're actually one of my favorite Indians sets. It doesn't really jive with the franchise's uniform history, but it was a really sharp look.

 

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I'm using this as an excuse to post a picture of the 1970 Indians home uniform.  I wish it had displayed some staying power because I love the font (even though an outline with a drop shadow usually looks too busy). The road version also looked good.

 

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Don't think it was mentioned yet, but this prototype 2001-03 Cubs home jersey is pretty interesting.

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if by "interesting" you mean "completely disgusting and should never have even been made", then I totally agree.

 

1.  Placket piping should never be used on pinstriped jerseys.  Ever.  Nothing should intersect the stripes - not even horizontal sleeve stripes.

 

2.  Contrasting sleeves should never be used on pinstriped jerseys.  If you want contrast, wear a "vest" with colored undershirt. The solid-colored raglan style looks even worse here.  It might work on a solid jersey - the '70s Braves wore something kinda-sorta a little simlar IIRC - but in general, it looks like something my Babe Ruth team wore in the early '90s.

 

3.  The Cubs chest patch looks tilted a bit.  Not sure if intentional or not, but the entire thing just looks horrendous.

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