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Old 04-08-2013, 08:14 AM
Red Barchetta Red Barchetta is offline
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I have to admit, it was fun seeing the 83' throwback uniforms yesterday. I also think the belt loops improved the uniforms compared to the original navy, elastic waistband.

One thing I still don't like are the Montreal Expos-like three color caps. I always thought the two tone red/blue cap matched up better, just like the batting helmets.

I've read that most of the players liked the uniforms and Beckham even suggested that they wear the 83' throwbacks during every home day game this season, not just Sundays. Word is the SOX brass are considering it.

I think JR and his executive team have always liked these uniforms because they represent the first mark on the team since taking it over. They do bring back good memories of Fisk, Lukinski, Kittle, Hoyt, Seaver, etc. I just think the red/blue caps would match up so much better as the "SOX" would be white on both the jersey and on the cap. Like the picture of LaRussa below. I'm not sure if they ever actually wore this combo or whether the camera flash below just washed out the gray to make the jersey look white in this picture. I know that's not Comiskey in the background, so I assume they are on the road when this picture was taken...


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Old 04-08-2013, 08:23 AM
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I generally find these jerseys to be pretty ugly, but I'm not going to lie... They looked pretty good yesterday. I think I am going to get tired of seeing them every Sunday home game, though
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Old 04-08-2013, 08:46 AM
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I love the numbers on the pants.
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Old 04-08-2013, 08:46 AM
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They are pretty ugly, especially the hats.
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Old 04-08-2013, 08:54 AM
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I love that they included the 1983 All-Star game patch on the sleeve of the throwbacks.

But what happened here? (Spotted by Paul Lukas on Uni-watch.com)
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Old 04-08-2013, 09:23 AM
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When JR bought the White Sox after the 1980 season the new ownership received more mail complaining about Bill Veecks ugly uniforms than anything else. I was surprised they replaced the 83 uniforms in the late 1980's with another uniform. It seems like the White Sox got it right when they came up with the black and silver uniforms late in the 1990 season.
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Old 04-08-2013, 09:38 AM
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First off, those are ugly uniforms. Pretty much every new uniform in MLB between 1970 and 1992 was terrible, and I am happy with what the Sox wear now (put the diamond sock back on the grays!). These were the softballiest of the silly softball uniforms of that era.

That being said, I will always have a soft spot for uniforms. Not just because the Sox won a division in them, but because they represent my childhood, even if I was too young to remember the Sox wearing them.

I think they looked damn good yesterday. The Sox again did a great job by ordering red shoes, undershirts and catchers' equipment (I'm sure they'll get a new helmet for Flowers shortly). I didn't like that they went with belts instead of the elastic which was worn at the time, but at least Majestic fixed the problem with the gigantic collars they had on throwbacks for the past 8 or so years. Other than the belts and the uniforms not being skin tight with the pants legs pulled up, these were as authentic as any throwback you'll see.

I think the Sox wearing them every Sunday is perfect. Not overkill yet. However, wearing them for all weekday games would be too much, and likely lead to a large contingent of younger people calling for the Sox to wear these full time. Let's not encourage that.
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Old 04-08-2013, 09:41 AM
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I think those '83 uniforms look pretty ugly. They looked pretty ugly back then and they look even uglier now. I hope they're not going to extend them to every home day game. Seeing these tacky jerseys on Sundays is more than enough.

When I was a kid, the Sox bounced from lousy uniform design to lousy uniform design. Thank goodness they came to their senses and went back to a classic design in 1990. I appreciate the tribute to the '83 team, but let's stop reliving the ugly uniforms already.

I can't wait for throwback Sundays later this decade that will feature shorts, uniforms with collars, and uniforms with the "Einhorn E" caps.
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Old 04-08-2013, 11:22 AM
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They are pretty ugly, especially the hats.
This. This, this, this. Only worse uniforms I've seen were those God-awful Astros uniforms from around the same time, if I remember correctly (might have been the 70s).

I get celebrating the team and all...but ugh, those uniforms offend my fashion sense to great extremes.
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Old 04-08-2013, 11:41 AM
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1983 the Sox were winning ugly and looking ugly. Although I have very fond memories of this time period, never a fan of those uniforms. I liked the ones they replaced it with in '87-'90 (except for the "e" hat).

I also like the current design, but would like a another color thrown in. After seeing the '72 reds last year, I'd like to go back to '59 and do a red/black combo (using the red cap at home and the black on the road). I also really like the St Pattys green pinstripes. A green/black combo would look fantastic. You could really tie that into the South Side Irish of Chicago.
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Old 04-08-2013, 11:50 AM
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1983 the Sox were winning ugly and looking ugly. Although I have very fond memories of this time period, never a fan of those uniforms. I liked the ones they replaced it with in '87-'90 (except for the "e" hat).

I also like the current design, but would like a another color thrown in. After seeing the '72 reds last year, I'd like to go back to '59 and do a red/black combo (using the red cap at home and the black on the road). I also really like the St Pattys green pinstripes. A green/black combo would look fantastic. You could really tie that into the South Side Irish of Chicago.
If the SOX would ever change their current silver/black uniforms, I would like to see the Red/Black uniforms from that era make a comeback. I especially liked the numbers on the sleeves. The only change I would make to modernize the look would be to have the SOX script on the cap match the SOX script on the jerseys instead of the block-like SOX script on the caps.
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Old 04-09-2013, 12:56 PM
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I generally find these jerseys to be pretty ugly, but I'm not going to lie... They looked pretty good yesterday. I think I am going to get tired of seeing them every Sunday home game, though
I didn't see the game and missed Quick Pitch on Sunday night, only seeing a quick highlight of the Viciedo home run, but I agree. The uniforms hold a nostalgic value, and it brings back memories of the 1983 team. By the time they were left behind for the blacki and silver, they seemed ugly, although they seemed a quantum upgrade from Veeck uniforms.

The general consensus around the country was that the 1983 uniforms were ugly after replacing ugly. The Sporting News, when it was still considered the baseball bible, ran a picture of Floyd Bannister's contorted face and pitch delivery from the SOX up on the big cover late in the 1983 season with the headline Winning Ugly. I think Doug Rader's comment resonated so much because so many considered the uniform ugly.
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Old 04-08-2013, 09:21 AM
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i have to admit, it was fun seeing the 83' throwback uniforms yesterday. I also think the belt loops improved the uniforms compared to the original navy, elastic waistband.

one thing i still don't like are the montreal expos-like three color caps. I always thought the two tone red/blue cap matched up better, just like the batting helmets.

i've read that most of the players liked the uniforms and beckham even suggested that they wear the 83' throwbacks during every home day game this season, not just sundays. Word is the sox brass are considering it.

I think jr and his executive team have always liked these uniforms because they represent the first mark on the team since taking it over. They do bring back good memories of fisk, lukinski, kittle, hoyt, seaver, etc. I just think the red/blue caps would match up so much better as the "sox" would be white on both the jersey and on the cap. Like the picture of larussa below. I'm not sure if they ever actually wore this combo or whether the camera flash below just washed out the gray to make the jersey look white in this picture. I know that's not comiskey in the background, so i assume they are on the road when this picture was taken...

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Old 04-08-2013, 09:43 AM
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I thought it was pretty neat seeing those uniform. I felt like I was 13 years old again. They are pretty ugly, but it's the novelty of seeing them like this that I like. Having them for only Sunday home games is fine. Any more, and the whole novelty, unique-ness of it starts to wear off. That's what I think would happen if they start expanding it and wearing them for all home day games. Then it starts to get ridiculous. You wear your main uniform (the current one is still the best as far as I'm concerned), and then a few times a year, you pull out a throwback like these to wear. That should be it.
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Old 04-08-2013, 10:29 AM
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Love 'em. They took me back to my childhood. I don't think they're ugly at all, and I'd love to get one.
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