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On this day in 1976, the White Sox made an incredibly bold fashion decision for the last time

Everything the world thought it knew about baseball pants was shattered in August, 1976, when the Chicago White Sox took the field for three regular season games wearing shorts. Whispers, rumors and a preseason unveiling had suggested the shorts' existence, but it wasn't until the season's fifth month that ChiSox owner, master promoter and Hall of Famer Bill Veeck introduced the shocking sartorial choice.

The shorts ensemble, which also included actual white socks -- unlike almost every other White Sox outfit since the '40s -- was worn on August 8, August 21 and then for the last time ever on August 22, 36 years ago today. Player complaints about slides resulting in scraped legs, a generally less-than-positive reception overall and the novelty quickly wearing off led to the shorts never again appearing on the field -- but achieving immortality in the annals of unusual uniforms.

The ChiSox have worn a number of retro uniforms in recent years; would you like to see Veeck's shorts experiment brought back for a throwback game?

-- Dan Wohl /

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