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The History of Baseball Uniforms

Every time you watch a baseball game on T.V., you will notice each team has their own set of team uniforms. This aspect of the game, while important, is often unnoticed by fans. This is because it has become common to see these same uniforms worn for every game. But this wasn’t always the case.

Uniforms weren’t standard until the late 1800’s when professional baseball began growing in popularity. However, you can now watch baseball games at nearly every level and see custom uniforms. From Little League to the Majors and every team in between, everyone seems to have their own custom baseball uniform.

Before you order your team’s baseball uniforms from Game Gear, let us fill you in on the history of baseball uniforms.

Early Years

On April 4, 1849, the New York Knickerbockers took the field as the first baseball team to wear a uniform. There's was far different from what we see on the field today. Their uniform included blue wool pants, a white flannel shirt, and a straw hat.

The practice soon took off and over the next fifty years, teams began adopting their own uniforms. By 1900, every Major League baseball team wore a uniform. These early uniforms typically consisted of stockings that stretched from the foot to the knee. Each team wore different colored stockings to make it easier to tell the teams apart.

Around this time, teams began adopting different jerseys for home and away games. White was designated the home team color for uniforms while grey or a dark color was adopted for the away team. This is a practice that remains true to this day.

Additionally, pinstriped uniforms became popular with some teams, including the original Washington Nationals. This style would become famous when the New York Yankees adopted them for their home jerseys in the early part of the 20th century.

Today’s Styles

While baseball uniforms have remained pretty much the same since the early years, there have been some minor changes. Baseball helmets were adopted by various teams throughout the middle of the 1900’s.

Although players like Ray Chapman sustained a fatal injury to the head, many players continued to wear baseball caps rather than helmets. In fact, the last player to not wear a helmet while batting was Bob Montgomery in 1979! Now it is mandated that every player wear a batting helmet to avoid such injuries.

Minor changes have been made to the uniforms themselves every few years to make them more comfortable for players. In fact, in 2016 Major League Baseball added mesh side panels and a tail to allow the uniforms to breath better.  

Custom Baseball Uniforms from Game Gear

As baseball uniforms have become mainstream, even high school and Little League teams have their own custom baseball uniforms. If your team, regardless of competition level, is in need of a new uniform design, we are here to help.

Game Gear has been in the business of creating high-quality teams sports apparel for every level of competition since 1946. We use sublimation printing to help every team stand out.

If you are interested in our custom baseball uniforms, you can get started here. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us by calling 1-800-592-7195.