New White Sox jerseys a true game changer

May 29th, 2021

The Chicago White Sox unveiled the team’s Nike MLB City Connect Series uniform, which pays tribute to the hardworking and resilient mentality of Chicago’s Southside community.

Nike MLB City Connect Series celebrates the bond between team and its city. The uniform series explores the personality, values and customs that make each community and its residents unique.

“We wanted to do something cool and kind of be authentic,” said White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson of the jerseys. “This is more authentic as it gets, having Southside on the front. It’s relatable. 

“Just using that term definitely makes it a lot more realistic to people who actually grew up on the South Side and have been Sox fans their whole life. I think it’s definitely real relatable and think it’s really cool.”  

The White Sox will debut the uniform on field when the team takes on Detroit at 1:10 p.m. on Saturday, June 5.

“The White Sox identity -- black and white, gothic script and pinstripes -- is so strong that it has resonated beyond the game of baseball,” said Wil Green, Nike Sr. Creative Director – MLB. “Their uniforms speak to the strength and hardworking nature of the Southside of Chicago — without saying a word. We wanted to harness the Southside’s personality for the Nike MLB City Connect Series and introduce its attitude to newer, younger fans.”

“Every aspect of this collaboration is meant to connect with people who understand what the ‘Southside’ represents. It’s not just about where our ballpark is located or where people from the city or suburbs live. It’s a mentality and a culture shared by many who love the White Sox,” said Brooks Boyer, White Sox chief revenue and marketing officer. “The Nike MLB City Connect Series created a rare opportunity to transform a concept for all people who understand what it means to represent the ‘Southside’ into an on-field look and style. We are grateful to Nike who helped us create a uniform that embodies the team’s historic legacy and connections to our fans and the mentality.”

The White Sox City Connect Jersey features a design that celebrates a team mindset centered on grit and drive that is synonymous with the White Sox and the team’s fan culture. Proudly displaying “Southside” in the White Sox Gothic script across the jersey’s chest, the graphic nods to the organization’s storied history of the ballpark’s Chicago location that transformed over a century into a team identity.

The dark grey uniform draws inspiration from Chicago’s well-known Greystone architectural style. Providing a fresh take on the iconic White Sox pinstripes, the color scheme and pattern create texture to symbolize the team’s brand identity and pay tribute to the look that has permeated through hip-hop and youth culture.

“It’s not doing too much,” Anderson said. “Just doing exactly what’s right. I think these uniforms definitely describe the city, and it don’t get any more authentic and real and relatable as that.” 

The White Sox debuted the new uniform in a video produced by SoxTV, featuring music from Polo G. The video captures the spirit of the White Sox City Connect jersey through the lens of popular Chicago influencers, including Ryan Henry, Vic Lloyd, Runsy and DJ Zel, among others. Fans can watch the video and see the inspiration behind the uniform at

This White Sox “Southside” look is the third installment of the inaugural Nike MLB City Connect Series.

Fans can purchase their White Sox City Connect gear, which includes authentic and replica jerseys as well as hoodies and T-Shirts, beginning Friday, May 28 at the Chicago Sports Depot, the White Sox official team store located at Guaranteed Rate Field.

To celebrate the launch of the “Southside” jersey, the team and Fanatics will hold a White Sox Watch Party on Saturday, June 5 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. at Navy Pier. The event, located in the Polk Bros Park Promenade near the west main entrance of the Pier, will feature a Nike/Fanatics merchandise trailer, speed pitch, live DJ set, giveaways and broadcast of the White Sox game on a large LED screen.

Merchandise also is available at, the MLB Flagship store (NYC), and select retail locations.