12 uniform styles that NEED to come back

November 19th, 2019

Just as it finally dawned on you that the Milwaukee Brewers’ ball-in-cap logo hid a “Da Vinci Code”-esque M and B inside, the team is dusting it off. That’s right: Instead of it being a just-for-Sunday specialty, the Brewers will be rocking their old, beloved, Harvey’s Wallbangers look as their primary logo for 2020.

While we’re all very excited about this return, it’s perhaps not the most hilarious logo they could have brought back. I speak, naturally, of the giant, terrifying beer-barrel man that probably should have been used in place of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man in “Ghostbusters.”

Of course, the Brewers aren’t the only team with a variety of old looks that we’re desperate to see return to the ballfield. These are 12 of the oh so good, oh so wild, and oh so unique looks that we want back:

Oakland A’s: All green (1973)

Two years ago, the A's unveiled their kelly green alternate uniforms, and the reaction was one of pure and unadulterated adoration. However, the team could go a little further. How? By wearing all green -- both uniform tops and pants. The A’s rocked the look a handful of times in 1973, and now it’s time to do it again.

I mean, the Orioles were willing to wear all orange throwbacks a few years back, and we all survived that:

Angels: Halo caps (1972-92)

The Angels struggle to strike a balance between having a far-too-cutesy logo and one that nods to their moniker. While the post-“Angels in the Outfield” duds went way too far into the former, the A logo with a floating halo is absolutely perfect.

Braves: Blue uniforms (1972-75)

Uniform and logo designer and guru Todd Radom lists this as one of his favorites, saying it’s “an elegant take on what the modern uniform could look like.” He’s certainly not wrong. This uniform was years ahead of the competition, and the design on the white sleeve still looks incredibly sharp.

Cubs: Bear with baseball (1934)

You think Clark the Cub is cute? He’s got nothing on this happy and proud bear, who is joyfully holding a baseball aloft. How did he get the baseball? Is he expecting to be called in from the bullpen? It’s honestly upsetting that this particular bear hasn’t starred in its own animated series.

Dodgers: Checkered uniforms (1916)

Have you ever wanted a baseball uniform that can go from the ballpark to the board room? Then you’re in luck. For one year, the Brooklyn Dodgers donned this jersey that looks like it was designed by Brooks Brothers.

Giants: World’s Champions (1906)

When you win the World Series, you should gloat about it. Teams now rock a gold jersey for a game (or even just pregame) when they celebrate their victory in front of their home crowd, but that’s not nearly enough. If you have scaled that mountain and bested every other team to win the championship, you should rub it in their faces until someone new takes over.

Mariners: Trident and star caps (1981-84)

I love Seattle’s current logo, but you can’t deny how beautiful these caps were. I mean, an M with a trident in the colors of a sailor’s signal flag (which also bears a strong resemblance to the flag of Barbados) is pretty perfect for a team of Mariners.

Mets: Mercury Mets (1999)

The Turn Ahead the Clock promotion was a great idea, but sadly too many teams thought the future was simply pullover jerseys with large logos. Fortunately, the Mets had a vision of the next century where the team played in outer space and words were spelled vertically.

Nationals: DC caps (2006)

If you just mention “Washington” to someone, their first thought might be the state, the first President of the United States, or the middle name of the man who many believe -- but didn’t actually invent -- peanut butter. D.C., though? There’s only one of those.

Reds: Sleeveless jerseys (1956-66)

Sure, most players wore undershirts, but we want Cincinnati to bring these back so the players can show off the ‘ceps. The Reds rocked these for a game last year, and Derek Dietrich pulled off a killer Ted Kluszewski impression. It’s time to wear these full-time.

Tigers: The dopiest logo (1927)

Sometimes you must bring something back because it’s so absolutely, ridiculously goofy. Since the Tigers are known for their staid, classic uniform and logo, every now and then they should rock the kits that featured a giant, child-like drawing on the back of their jerseys.

White Sox: Red pinstripes (1971-75)

Don’t we deserve to see a recreation of this amazing Sports Illustrated cover?