If you didn’t watch baseball before 1991, when they switched to the classic black, white and silver that they wear today – one of the best uniforms in baseball – you wouldn’t be aware that for a long time, the Chicago White Sox had awful, horrible uniforms and were a gimmick-ridden club that never won anything.
At various times, they tried several combinations of black, blue and even bright red. They had pinstriped uniforms, and then they removed the pinstripes, and then they brought the pinstripes back. Their “sox” weren’t even white for the longest time. In 1976, they even tried wearing shorts. Yes, shorts. In baseball. In the Major Leagues. True story. Some pretty good players play in the Major Leagues, they say it’s the best baseball in the world.
Basically, they were a colossal clusterfuck of baseball fashion.
Today, we are going to highlight their uniforms from the late 1970’s into the early 1980’s, and then the last design they wore throughout the majority of the 1980’s.
Highlights of the late 1970’s-early 1980’s, modeled for us here on 1982 Topps by pitcher Steve Trout:
1982 Topps - Steve Trout
-Vintage jerseys, before vintage was cool. In fact, at this time, vintage was decidedly uncool. Have you seen the multicoloured polyester crap MLB teams wore during that time, mostly in football stadiums with artificial turf?
-Untucked jersey. That’s right. Untucked. Like pajamas.
-Big, fat, 1970’s collars.
-Don’t forget, they wore fucking shorts with these uniforms once.
Highlights of the rest of the 1980’s, modeled for us on 1983 Topps by outfielder Rudy Law:
1983 Topps - Rudy Law
-Big thick stripes on the sleeves.
-Big thick stripes housing the logo on the front.
-A number on the elastic-waist pants.
-General confusion with hockey jerseys.
Things are much better for the White Sox now, but they certainly stood out among the worst in a bad era of fashion for baseball.