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The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Kansas City Royals

Nov 15, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

Zack Greinke

The Best: The home uniform has been fairly constant, ranging from a no-number-on-the-front version to a numbered version, and switching between pullover and button-up as trends have dictated. It looks good in all of those guises, but I think I prefer the button-up, numbered version — which has been in use for most of the past 25 years — the best. Just a nice, clean, sharp uniform.

The worst: I like their classic powder blues just fine, but they really screwed things up when they brought them back a couple of years ago. Tops only, a light blue cap, and using them at home? Booo!  All blue, on the road or GTFO. And the dark blue jersey on the road is weak sauce too, though better than the current light blue usage, and better than a lot of teams that go with the solid tops on the road. The worst ever is less an aesthetic choice than a philosophical one: vests and black accents. What an unfortunate nod to cynical trends.

Assessment: the Royals of my youth were the class organization in the American League. I kind of hated them for that, but I always thought they looked good. In both inspiring such hatred and in looking good, they kind of sound like the Dodgers, no?  Kind of look a lot like them too.  There are worse looks to emulate. As long as they keep it nice and straight forward, they’ll always look good, even when they’re playing bad.

  1. bkl121 - Nov 15, 2010 at 4:23 PM

    they were never official uniforms, but the royals and mariners wore “futuristic” uniforms in the late 90s for a game. the royals wore yellow vests with powder blue undershirt with a metallic gold batting helmet. they were pretty hideous.

  2. solidzac - Nov 15, 2010 at 4:48 PM

    The Royals got it right pretty much out of the gate and haven’t wavered much since then. Gotta give them credit for that. But oh man, that black outlining on the letters in the example Craig gives sticks in my craw in the worst way. It undermines the clean, bold lines of the white and blue uniforms in such a subtle way that it’s almost insidious. Holy mackeral do I not like that.

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