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A uniform is a type of sportswear worn by baseball players, and sometimes by non-playing personnel such as managers and coaches. Modern uniforms have the names and uniform numbers of the players on them; color differences and insignia are mainly used to distinguish players from the two teams.

A uniform includes a shirt, pants, shoes, socks and cap, which all have details such as logos and colors.[1]

The first uniforms, worn by the New York Knickerbockers Baseball Club, were composed of blue woolen trousers, white flannel shirts and straw hats.[2] Since then, the uniform has changed dramatically, such as replacing straw hats with regular baseball caps and displaying the player's last name.

Uniforms are also worn by fans to indicate their allegiance. In these cases, it is rare that the full uniform is worn; this is usually limited to the cap and/or jersey of one's favorite team.


  1. Riles, Robert. American Chronicle. www.americanchronicle.com.
  2. The history of the baseball uniform at the National Baseball Hall of Fame. exhibits.baseballhalloffame.org.

Further Reading[edit]

  • Anthony Castrovince: "Players poll: Who has MLB's best uniforms?", mlb.com, May 17, 2019. [1]
  • Marc Okkonen: Baseball Uniforms of The 20th Century: The Official Major League Baseball Guide, Sterling Publishing Company, New York, NY, 1991. ISBN 978-0806984902
  • Todd Radom: Winning Ugly: A Visual History of the Most Bizarre Baseball Uniforms Ever Worn, Sports Publishing LLC, New York, NY, 2018. ISBN 9781683582281
  • Stephen Wong and Dave Grob: Game Worn: Baseball Treasures from the Game's Greatest Heroes and Moments, Smithsonian Books, Washington, DC, 2016. ISBN 978-1588345714