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The Ugliest Sports Uniforms Ever

Updated on August 26, 2015

I got this link from a friend of mine because he knows that anything about sports is something I love to blog about. Took a look at it and was flabbergasted, who would think this uniform is ever wearable? No person in his or her right mind would be found wearing this shirt….on the other hand, I think there have been several people…teams who have worn some of the most hideous sports uniforms or team wear ever in the history of sports. What started me thinking about the ugliest sports uniforms and team wear is this new shirt – one of the official game jerseys- of Paris pro rugby club, Stade Français. Team owner Guazzini in his pursuit to find younger, affluent new enthusiasts have also courted the large gay-community in Paris by embracing pink as an official team color, have orchids as one of its symbols, and marketing a team calendar with all the players in the nude as models. Yes, he was actually effective in gaining more fans, not only gays but also women and heterosexual backers too. But this latest jersey worth $102 is dubitable in its goal of gaining more fans or earning them money.

The new jersey of Paris pro rugby club Stade Français

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Here are some of the ugliest sports uniforms that makes you wonder how the players really felt when they were wearing it. There have been a lot of write-ups pertaining to which are the really the most horrendous team uniforms ever but we all have our own criteria. This list is what I really find dreadful and in definite need of change or something you wouldn’t want to be caught wearing. Some may have appeared in other ugliest uniforms list but others have not. And some of those in others list were better for me than these uniforms. I guess, it's a matter of opinion and tastes.

Houston Astros, 1975 – 1993

The Houston Astros are a Major League Baseball (MLB) team located in Houston, Texas. In the 1975 season, they introduced the new-look uniforms for Astros with multi-shade stripes of orange, red and yellow in front and back with a large dark bluestar over the stripes. The same stripes run down the pant legs. Although the critics criticized it, the public though loved it and it and versions of it even started to appear at the high school and little league level. I can understand how the colors look very bright, enough to be appreciated by kids, but I have to disagree because I really don’t like it, most especially not on a baseball team. And the team certainly did not win championships during the years they were wearing this team wear.

Pittsburgh Pirates, 1976 – 1986

The Pittsburgh Pirates are a Major League Baseball (MLB) team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Aside from the color, the cap with stripes make quite a look that’s not suited for a baseball team but more for the circus or a band. It’s no wonder that the Pirates had a hard time winning any game while wearing this sports uniform; they were even regarded as the worst baseball team during the mid ‘80s.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1976-1995

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (often shortened to Bucs) are a professional American Football team based in Tampa, Florida. Tangerine on a team doesn’t do much for fan support or respect. Unfortunately, it didn’t do well on their journey to the championships because since they wore that sports uniform in 1976 they started losing big, losing their first 26 games and suffered 14 consecutive losing seasons. It was only in 1996 when the new owner Malcolm Glazer jettisoned the new uniforms to oblivion and hired a new coach when they started picking up again.

John Daly

John Daly is an American professional golfer on the PGA Tour who had bouts with his weight as well as other misdemeanors. He had a lap-band surgery in 2009 which limits the amount of food intake and so he said he is down to less than 200lbs since the surgery. Also at that time when he was with the European Tour he started wearing the Loudmouth Golf Apparel which he now officially endorses. I think maybe he liked the so loud colors and designs. Whew!

Vancouver Canucks, 1978 – 1984

The Vancouver Canucks are a professional ice hockey team based in Vancouver, British Columbia. What I consider a very bad taste of team wear consisted of a huge yellow, red-orange, and black striped V coming down from the shoulders. The V suggested “victory” according to designers though it never gave the team that. What it actually gave was several criticisms for being one of the most unpopular in NHL history. Just like other teams with hideous sports uniforms, the Canucks was a mediocre player having only one significant playoff which was in the post-season of 1982.

Chicago White Sox

The Chicago White Sox are a Major League Baseball (MLB) team based in Chicago, Illinois. White Sox have always been noted for uniform innovations that have really been the best such as putting players’ last names on the back of the jerseys. But when they came out in 1976 for a doubleheader against Kansas City Royals wearing a new team uniform, it was something unmatched. The new uniforms featured collars and were designed to be worn out, not tucked in, and worse they were wearing shorts. Not only were they critiqued for that but it really is not practical to wear shorts at play because it is not conducive to sliding, which is a way of life for baseball. After a lot of teasing from the rest of the league, the Sox changed their team wear.

Denver Broncos

The Denver Broncos are a professional American football team based in Denver, Colorado. When the Broncos first appeared for a game, their original uniforms were criticized by the public. Imagine wearing white and mustard yellow jerseys with vertically striped socks on brown pants with satin sheen and a brown helmet. Two years later the Broncos got rid of their ugly uniform and in celebration they held a public bonfire to burn the striped socks. In 2009, they wore this set of throwback uniforms again in honor of their 50th anniversary season as one of the eight original American Football League team.

The trend that I realized while writing about these ugly uniforms is that unwittingly how horrendous their uniforms look affected how the team played. Yes, how great one play is determined by how hard they trained for it. But, we all know that when we feel good and look good we also perform better. And maybe that is how these players felt when they were wearing these revolting uniforms.

What do you think?

Of all sports uniforms shown above, which is the ugliest for you?

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      7 years ago

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    • Marie-Renee profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      @ arthurchappell, thanks for reading my hub..i write a lot about sports since I am really a sports fan (and of fashion for that matter)...take a look at my latest hub, it is more specific on venus williams..thanks again.

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      7 years ago from Manchester, England

      great idea for a hub - not a sports fan but this was fun to read

    • Marie-Renee profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Thanks for reading my hub...

      @emmanuel199, yes it is not so nice to look at but they have changed it for the better already.

      @ Nell, its nice to hear from you again...yes, they certainly are would look colorful wearing John Daly's trousers, lol

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      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi, some of these are hidious! ha ha great idea for a hub, I just want some of those trousers! no, I think I will forget that! thanks for the laugh, cheers nell

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      8 years ago

      The vancouver uniforme is not very colorfull,

      it is very dark and with orenge strapes.

    • Marie-Renee profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      @ Mecheil, thanks for reading my Hub and appreciate the comment...well, i guess to each his own...maybe some fans really appreciate their pastel colored uniforms and their calendars while I don't. hmm, no offense meant for Stade Francais fans out there.

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      8 years ago

      It feels like Stade Francais has taken rugby to the virtual world with those absolutely weird uniforms. Although, it's no surprise that members of the team actually agreed to have a marshmallow-loving-crowd play with them, because the team has history of painting rugby with an enormous amount of nursery-looking colors.

      And they are really literally pulling in crowds of fans using that odd uniform and good-looking players, who posed nude for a "cause" thingy.

    • Marie-Renee profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Thanks for reading and for the comments.

      @ bileygur, because you hate sports, big thanks for reading my Hub...oh there are actually more ugly uniforms out there but those shown up there takes the crown.

      @ Shawn, yes, these are really old sports uniforms, 70s and 80s most of them. Nowadays, I think the teams are more choosy. Or should I say they are more fashionable? hope you read my other thinking of a follow-up for this...

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      Shawn Scarborough 

      8 years ago from The Lone Star State

      This is a great hub. It brings back some memories from the past few decades.

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      8 years ago from Reykjavik

      Vote up from me, I hate sports :) But it was cool review about ugly uniforms. I never thought there could be so many ugly uniforms available.

      Remember the uniforms that were used in the 70's they were funny, with the tight shorts...


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