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The Best and Worst Uniforms of All Time: The Minnesota Twins

Nov 15, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

Rod Carew swing

The Best: They were unchanged — and looking good — from 1960 through 1971 before moving on to the land of the double knits.  Which still didn’t look horrible, although they were a bit generic. The best look was that classic look, which is nicely reproduced in the new home alternates. I like the new roadies better than the actual classics, though, thanks to the “Minnesota” on them as opposed to “Twins.”

The WorstThe World Series years pinstripes with the M on the hats. I know they have their fans — especially any Twins backer under the age of 40 or so — but this is a personal, visceral thing for me. Men wearing those things knocked Alan Trammell and the Tigers out of the 1987 playoffs. Men wearing those things picked up and threw the 1991 Braves out of the World Series. Seeing them causes me pain, and that’s without accounting for the fact that pinstripes on gray uniforms look terrible and that no team has ever in its history eschewed an epic logo like those 80s and 90s Twins teams eschewed the interlocking “TC.” That “M” cap they had for so long would be like the Yankees getting rid of their “NY” for a big block N.

Assessment: The Twins are living proof that the uniform a team wears during its greatest success is not necessarily its best uniform.

  1. billtpa - Nov 15, 2010 at 11:10 AM

    I’m a Twins backer under 40, and I agree on those uniforms (though the unis didn’t bother me as much as the M hats), good memories and all. The current home alternates/60s home uniform was definitely the best, and I wish they’d just make that one their primary (or their everydamnday).

    I’ve never seen a worse picture of either Baker or Span than the one linked to on “home alternates” above, though. Players really should not be allowed to drink massive quantities of straight tequila while in uniform.

  2. BC - Nov 15, 2010 at 11:22 AM

    Baker and Span look stoned. And I don’t like the alternates. I’m totally into the pinstripes!

  3. dluxxx - Nov 15, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    Call me old fashioned (and I’m one of the under 40 Twins fans) but I’ve always liked the powder blue uniforms. And they where pretty much unaltered from ’73 to ’86.

    http://exhibits.baseballhalloffame.org/dressed_to_the_nines/uniforms.asp?league=AL&city=Minnesota&lowYear=1973&highYear=1986&sort=year&increment=18

  4. nps6724 - Nov 15, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    What was baseball’s fascination with powder/baby blue unis? I guess black unis are our generation’s powder blue.

  5. eauclairetwinsfan - Nov 15, 2010 at 3:49 PM

    the worst twins uniforms were the sleeveless ones they had a few years back.

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